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Birding safaris at Sabi Sabi

Welcome to a winged paradise

Our diverse habitats within the reserve mean that Sabi Sabi is home to a vast variety of species. Some of which are endemic, some are rare and some are more common, yet still glorious to see. Our specialised birding guides are familiar with the terrain and are equipped with the knowledge to help you witness these magnificent creatures of the sky.

What makes birding at Sabi Sabi so unique

Birding enthusiasts travel from all over the world to our unspoiled place in nature to see a variety of large raptors, nocturnal hunters, ground dwellers and more.
Behold the regal Martial Eagle, majestically perched with its meal.

Home to the feathery Big 6

The abundance and diversity of habitats found in our reserve means that twitchers can spot the ‘Big 6’ of the bird world, namely the Pel’s Fishing Owl, Martial Eagle, Southern Ground Hornbill, Saddle-billed Stork, Kori Bustard and Lappet-Faced Vulture.

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Graceful mid-air dance of two Southern Carmine Bee-eaters.

Something to see all year round

From insectivores and seed-eaters to tree and ground nesters, Sabi Sabi is home to a variety of birds throughout the year. In the cooler months of March to August one can enjoy the spectacular resident raptors. While the warm summer months of September to February see the sky come alive with splashes of colour and birdcalls as the migratory species return. 

Sabi Sabi guides possess expert birding knowledge.

Experienced birding guides

Whether in an open game vehicle or on foot, our knowledgeable guides and trackers can find hidden nests, locate the best areas for species-specific sightings and listen out for interesting birdsongs, which the trackers can mimic with skill.

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Our more commonly- spotted species

Our unique location in Africa makes Sabi Sabi a wonderful place to see a wide variety of resident and migratory birds.
Southern ground hornbill spotted on an exclusive Sabi Sabi game drive.

Southern Ground Hornbill

Lilac-breasted roller spotted on a perch while on a private Sabi Sabi game drive.

Lilac-breasted Roller

Observe the impressive hunting skills of the kingfisher as it skillfully brings a grasshopper back to its nest.

Woodland Kingfisher

Mesmerising Spotted Eagle-Owl sighting on a Sabi Sabi night drive.

Spotted Eagle Owl

Close-up view of the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill's distinctive beak.

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

African Fish Eagle majestically perched on a branch.

African Fish Eagle

Where dreams take flight

A breathtaking world of colours, habitats and feathered species.
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As I also mentioned an interest in night sky photography, Ronald also worked late on three of the evenings, taking me out again after dinner to photograph the milky way. Also a special thanks to Terry, who joined us one evening and shared his favourite night sky locations (and photo tips) with me.

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Experiences to remember forever

Whether it’s ticking off your birding list, keeping up with a pack of Wild African dogs on the hunt, exploring the bush on foot, or mastering the perfect sunset photograph – every adventure is one you will cherish.