South Africa is home to some of the best bird watching spots in the world. These bird lovers’ paradises are easily reached by the major South African cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, ensuring there is always something for everyone to do, not just the bird watcher in the family. These are just a few of our favorite bird watching spots:
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National park is one of South Africa’s premium wildlife destinations. The reserve is home to over 500 different bird species including a few that are rarely spotted elsewhere in the country. These include the African Fish Eagle, Lilac Breasted Rollers, Ground Hornbills and Yellow-billed hornbills and CapeVultures.
St. Lucia Wetlands
The St.LuciaWetlandPark, or as it is now known – iSimangaliso, is also home to over 600 bird species. Due to the marshy wetland area birds commonly seen in this picturesque are in KwaZulu Natal include the Mangrove Kingfisher, Saddle-billed Stork, Flamingoes and Pelicans.
The West Coast National Park
Found between Langebaan and Yzerfontein on the Cape West Coast, lies the West CoastNational Park. The reserve is best known for the vast number of wader birds that flock to this region in the summer. A variety of hides can be found along the dunes on the long, sandy beaches in this region.
Kariega Game Reserve
Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is known for its vast array of birds of prey. The area is the breeding ground of many pairs of African Fish Eagles, Martial Eagles and Crowned Eagles. A wide variety of Kingfisher species can also be found at Kariega.
The Table Mountain National Park and Cape Point may not have a great variety of bird species but an abundance of sea birds can be found in this region. Boat trips that head into the waters off the point can give wonderful sightings of these birds while the nearby Boulder’s Beach is the ideal place to spot penguins. Here the whole family can relax on the beach, in amongst this active Penguin colony.
Kamfers Dam is home to thousands and thousands of pink flamingoes. The area is one of the only Lesser Flamingo breeding sites in the world and is a spectacular vision for any lover of these majestic birds.
Author Bio: Janine Mare is an avid travel and lifestyle writer who currently works as a blog and website writer for the South African Tourism Company.