“With the Kruger National Park at the heart of Limpopo, this region with over 500 species offers fantastic bird watching opportunities.”
Along with KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo is one of the best provinces for bird watching tours. Bird watchers come from all over South Africa and abroad to go birding here. Of course the Kruger National Park – which to my mind is the best birding area in South Africa – is situated here and over 500 bird species are found in the park. Here are the ten top places to go bird watching in the Limpopo province. Be sure to keep your bird viewing binoculars close at hand.
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park has all the habitats you could wish for. It is probably the best and best known birding area in South Africa. There are over 500 bird species in the park which include many sought-after and rare specimens.
Nylsvley Nature Reserve
The Nylsvley Nature Reserve is a spectacular sanctuary for birds and more than 365 bird species have been recorded in the open woodlands and vast flood plains. Special bird species here include: African Pygmy Goose, Lesser Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, Allen’s Gallinule and the Dwarf Bittern.
Ben Lavin Nature Reserve
The Ben Lavin Nature Reserve comprises open woodland and bushveld. Some of the birds to watch out for include the Bushveld Pipit, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike and the Bearded Scrub-Robin.
The Lapalala Wilderness area is a great place to observe raptors and bushveld birds. It is mainly a mixed woodland region, so you can expect many great sightings.
Hans Strijdom Dam Nature Reserve
The Hans Strijdom Dam Nature Reserve comprises a large dam in open woodland. It’s a good area to observe water birds and bushveld birds.
Rust De Winter Nature Reserve
The Rust De Winter Nature Reserve consists of dams, grassland and open woodland. It is a good place to watch woodland bird species and the special bird to look out for here is the Olive Tree-Warbler.
Langjan Nature Reserve
The Langjan Nature Reserve has a lot of scrub-acacia bushveld vegetation. It has some special bird species such as the Bronze-Winged Courser, Temminck’s Courser and the Dusky Lark.
Pietersburg Nature Reserve
The Pietersburg Nature Reserve is a grassland area with open woodland and is the best place in South Africa to see the Short-Clawed Lark.
Mosdene Nature Reserve
The large flood plains, mixed in with open woodlands, are the main habitats. The Mosdene Nature Reserve has high numbers of water birds and bush birds and is a great place to see a variety of owl species.
Hangklip State Forest
The Hangklip State Forest is a good montane forest area and one should look out for the Crested Guineafowl and Peregrine Falcon. The Crowned Eagle and other forest birds are also present here.