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IIf you were to ask a serious South African birder about the most productive area for birdwatching in the country, they would most likely recommend the Greater Limpopo Birding Route. 

In this northern crescent of South Africa, extending from the borders of Gauteng to the Limpopo river, the birding list stands at an awe-inspiring 600, of which 420 species are resident. 


TThe terrain, of course, is the reason. Here you’ll find a series of mountain ranges, plus floodplains where thousands of birds gather every year, as well as lowland riverine forests and bushy savannahs. 

There are bird specials here that are far easier to find than anywhere else in the country. You’ll probably be able to tick off lifers like grey-headed parrot, African broadbill, short-clawed lark, Shelley’s francolin and crested guineafowl. 

Others, like Arnott’s chat and the Senegal coucal, are central African birds at the southern edge of their range here. 

Another reason for the prolific birdlife here is that the region is home to no less than three national parks and several provincial parks. Many landowners have also turned to ecotourism, making even more of the landscape welcoming to birds. 

Because several ornithological studies are on the go in the region, birders are encouraged to report their sightings, especially of southern ground hornbills, short-clawed larks, raptors and the Kalahari scrub-robin. 

There’s another reason to be especially alert. Parts of the Great Limpopo Birding Route have not been fully explored, and intrepid birders stand a good chance of making new discoveries. 

If youre keen to explore this route, visit the Greater Limpopo Birding website which has downloadable maps, itineraries and information about accommodation and guides. 

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