birds in the spotlight

news update: 18th november

As birdwatching becomes more and more popular around the world, Sabi Sabi is becoming a mecca for avid "twitchers" who flock to this birding paradise. The area in and around Sabi Sabi is justly famous for its variety of birds- there have been over 350 species recorded, all attracted by the biodiversity of habitat in our reserve. Brightly coloured bee-eaters, orioles and starlings flit through the acacia thornveld; herons and storks move stealthily through the waters of the seasonal pans and streams, francolins rustle through the grasses, and lucky guests may spot a narina trogon in the riverine forest. At night the distinctive calls of owls and nightjars punctuate the darkness, and by day an unparalleled range of raptors large and small, many of which are seldom seen outside of game reserve areas, hunt their prey.

carmine bee eater

Safaris are always exciting and informative, filled with thrills and drama and the most interesting stories. As well as searching for the Big 5 mammals, rangers will try and find the Big 6, a grouping of birds which are easily identifiable even by the most inexperienced birdwatchers. These really impressive birds are; the Ground Hornbill, Martial Eagle, Saddle Billed Stork, Pel's Fishing Owl, Kori Bustard and Lappet Faced Vulture.

bateleur eagle

A new innovation, greatly appreciated by bird lovers, is the monthly bird sighting list. The list is compiled by our resident bird specialist, Darren Roberts-York, ably assisted by the full Sabi Sabi guiding team. There were approximately 170 distinct species recorded in October, a figure that will rise substantially as the last of the summer migrants return from their Northern climes.

woodlands kingfisher

It is hard not to be excited by the beauty of the birdlife in the bushveld. Our rangers are immensely gratified when their newly enthused guests start scanning the trees and skies for birds, as avidly as they search the bushveld for animals. As the seasons change, migrant species come and go, but whether it is summer or winter, spring or fall, Sabi Sabi is a constant birdwatchers delight.

Click here to view the Sabi Sabi monthly bird list.

  • wildlife photography tips


    rhino pair

    Dressed in dark clothing I carefully climbed off the Land Rover, moving slowly and making sure I made as little noise as possible.


  • bush sightings

    buffalo attacked by lions

    my favourite buffalo

    I drove up to the most northern road of the reserve towards the direction where the lions were last seen, hoping to catch them.


  • wild facts

    violet-backed starling

    violet-backed starling

    Violet-backed starlings will nest in cavities such as tree holes high off the ground, holes in river banks, even in old hollow fence posts.


  • featured guest comments

    sabi sabi guests

    you made us feel like royalty

    Just a short note to say thank you for everything you did for myself and Charl to ensure that we had such a special trip to Little Bush Camp.


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