The Republic of South Africa is a popular destination for the birder interested in Africa's southern latitudes. South Africa's varied climate and topography has produced a variety of habitats which supports an astounding array of some 700 species, a large number of which are endemic or near-endemic. Ornithologically the country is well researched, which is evident from the excellent field and site finding guides available to birders. Coupled with a well developed infrastructure and a stable economy, South Africa must rank as one of Africa's prime birding destinations.
Visitors who arrive in Johannesburg will have easy access to the Kruger National Park, Wakkerstroom and the Drakensberg Mountains and those arriving in Cape Town will be able to visit the Karoo, travel along the Garden Route or take a pelagic trip. All of these areas have different species many of which are endemic or difficult to find elsewhere in Africa. If you are interested in seabirds, waterbirds, raptors, bustards, cranes, larks, warblers, sunbirds, weavers and a host of other families, then South Africa is a great place to visit.
The rest of these pages go into more details about the birds, hotspots and visiting logistics. This country account for South Africa serves to provide birders with up to date information about birds and birding in the area. While the information provided has been sourced from a variety of reliable resources, the aim is such that this document is dynamic in that birders who have recently visited the region can add their own accounts and contributions. New material has been added following the African Bird Club tour to South Africa in November 2012. We therefore encourage readers to email new information to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should note that the names of birds used in this document are those of the African Bird Club checklist.