Top 10: Birding spots

Hadeda ibis, Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape Hadeda ibis, Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape

1 Nylsvley, Limpopo

This wetland site covers some 4000 hectares across the Nyl floodplain in Limpopo province and is one of South Africa’s most important and prolific birding sites. more

2 Langebaan, West Coast, Western Cape

The tidal lagoon at Langebaan is arguably the ‘richest stretch of water in South Africa’, visited annually by 60 000 birds, with around 200 species to delight bird-lovers at any time. more

3 Mkuze Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal

Over 420 species are found in the Mkhuze Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. Qualified local community guides will help you identify rare and shy species. more

4 Sani Pass, Drakensberg escarpment into Lesotho, KwaZulu-Natal

You'll find a fantastic variety of endemic birds; four species here are not found elsewhere in Southern Africa. Look out for the winged king of these mountains, the bearded vulture. more

5 Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga

A favourite grassland birding spot in South Africa, many of South Africa’s endemic bird species (including a number of larks) can be seen here. more

6 Pelagic birding trips, Western Cape & KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa is one of the world's best locations for a pelagic tour. See wandering albatrosses, endemic coastal and migratory oceanic species, and petrels. Sightings of marine mammals are an added bonus. more

7 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape

If raptors are your thing, then the Kgalagadi is the place to be – over 40 species have been identified in this region. more

8 Overberg, Western Cape

If you'd like to see South Africa's national bird, the endemic (and elegant) blue crane, head to the scenic Overberg, not far from Cape Town. more

9 Limpopo

Limpopo province as a whole has over 600 recorded species, and 90% of all raptor species found in the country. The areas around Magoebaskloof leading to the Drakensberg escarpment are noted regions for bird watching. more

10 Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape

This national park boasts over 270 species and is definitely a worthwhile birding spot. more