Activities

Birdwatching

 

Some 500 species of bird have been recorded in Swaziland. This puts it roughly on a par with France (517) or, more locally, the Kruger National Park (505), and is a remarkable tally for such a tiny, landlocked country. According to the Southern African Birdfinder, 21% of the 150 most sought after Southern African birds can be found in the country. These high numbers come from its diversity of habitats, with several very different bird communities occurring side-by-side. For sheer number of species, the lowveld is the richest region, with Hlane or Mlawula easily offering up to 100 species in a day to a keen birder – especially during summer, when all the migrants are around. You can also find the highest density of nesting white back vultures in Africa in the Hlane Royal National Park. The highveld has fewer species but is home to many that are more elusive elsewhere. Swaziland is home to 52 southern African endemics and is one of the only breeding sites for the blue swallow, one of Africa’s rarest breeding birds.

The best birdwatching is to be had in the protected reserves, sanctuaries and national parks, where the natural habitats are better preserved. But, of course, the birds are not confined to reserves and can be seen throughout the country. 

Swaziland Bird Database

You can find out more information about the different species of birds that live in Swaziland on the SNTC website. The list provides a full and comprehensive database of all the birds you can see, as well as more specific databases covering the different areas. There is also a range of images, as well as more specific maps of Swaziland showing the exact locations in which the species can be found.  

To go visit the 'birds checklist' and access images and maps please click here.

You can also jump straight to the relevant page that lists the types of bird found in a specific area. Use the links below to go to a full and printable list.

Hlane Bird Checklist - - - find out more about this location

Mbuluzi Game Reserve Bird Checklist - - -find out more about this location

Mlawula Nature Reserve Bird Checklist - - - find out more about this location

Malolotja Nature Reserve Bird Checklist - - - find out more about this location

Mafuteni Bird Checklist 

Mkhaya Game Reserve Bird Checklist - - - find out more about this location

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Bird Checklist - - - find out more about this location

Nisela Safari Bird Checklist - - - find out more about this location

Piggs Peak Bird Checklist - - - find out more about this location

Phophonyane Nature Reserve Bird Checklist - - - find out more about this location

For a list covering the whole of Swaziland, please click here.

For a full Swaziland bird list checked by location please click here.