South Africa

Birding Information

Birdlife International Bird Links to the World
Their site provides a map and covers number of bird species and endemics plus a checklist, general country information, general web pages, bird pictures, and birding and individual trip reports.

Additional Checklist: Nylsvley Area

Weather and When to Go
Delete additional checklist

Where Do You Want to Go Birding Today
Tina MacDonald’s excellent “Where Do You Want to Go Birding Today” site contains links to South Africa birding hotspots, checklist and maps, information on endemic and endangered birds, links to rare bird information local events and festivals, and information on tours/guides and accommodations. Information on print resources and climate will be added soon.

Tours and Guides

Birding Ecotours
Currently focusing on South Africa and Peru, this company also does many other African and South American countries, and is beginning to market tours to Australasia.

Birdwatch Cape
Richard Grant, who lives in Capetown, leads individually customized half-day to 12-day birding tours of South Africa.

Field Guides
Field Guides has been operating high-quality birding tours since 1985 from its headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Free Living
A list of British birding tour companies and the time of year of their South Africa bird tours.

Indicator Birding
Indicator Birding offers tailor-made birding tours for the serious international twitcher, or the first time visitor to Africa.

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT)
Founded in 1974, it is now the largest company in the world specializing in birding tours.

All WINGS leaders have varied interests in natural history and other more or less closely related fields, but the timing and itinerary of our trips are dictated almost entirely by ornithological considerations.

Zest for Birds
A new birding tour company (2000) that specializes in pelagic tours out of Capetown though it also offers land-based tours throughout the Western Cape and also into Bushmanland, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Blackwaters River Lodge
This B&B is situated outside Knysna in the Garden Route and offers birdwatching activities.

Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
Situated near the Kruger Park, the lodge is easily accessible and an ideal base from which to explore what the region has to offer.

Country Information

Country-specific Information
Map, travel advisories, on-line resources, and more.

Planning Your Trip
Helpful hints from the South African Tourism Board from maps, accommodations to game parks.

National Parks
Site provides all the information you need for visiting South Africa’s national parks.


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Updated 04/20/05