Birds recorded at
 Tembe Elephant National Park 

Africa national parks: More than 340 species of African birds have been recorded in the national game park. Bird list included. 4x4 birding safaris


Bird watching with the Elephants…

Birding in Tembe is a unique and enthralling experience. More than 340 species of birds have been recorded in this 30 000 hectare mosaic of woodland, sand forest and swamp.

Avid birders can delight in adding some rare and endemic species to their bird lists!  Species that have been seen in Tembe include the blue-throated sunbird, pinkthroated longclaw, pinkthroated twinspot, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Natal nightjar, Woodward’s Batis, Rudd’s apalis, Pel’s fishing owl, the palmnut vulture, Rufousbellied Heron, Southern Banded Snake Eagle - and the very rare Chestnutfronted Helmetshrike.

Imagine quietly watching a yellowthroated longclaw darting in and out of long grasses along the edge of thick reed swamp, where a herd of approximately 65 buffalo, some of them enormous bulls, seek refuge. Common sightings in the swamp area include, Burchell’s Coucals, European Bee-eaters, Bluecheeked Bee-eaters and European Rollers.

There’s something really special about watching an elephant quietly drinking from one of the pans where hundreds of whitefaced geese flock to the water’s edge. Or marvelling at the colourful wings of a malachite kingfisher as it settles on a winding sand track with the knowledge that at any moment one of these enormous jumbos might appear around the next corner.

More than 100 species of birds nest in and around the lodge. Each tent is located in a secluded area with its own bird bath, where species such as the Green and Pinkthroated Twinspot and crested Guinaefowl can be seen at close quarters.

Special 4x4 birding drives are conducted on request, by our knowledgible game ranger - who will happily share with you his passion & enthusiasm for birds.

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