Bird Watching

Kosi Bay offers bird lovers a paradise among the coastal and dune forests, grasslands and wetlands where you will see birdlife of every description. Kosi Bay is not a cohesive conservation area and one needs to visit the different birding areas on individual excursions. Although self-guided tours to most of the areas are possible, successful birding generally requires local guides. The area is criss-crossed by a myriad of sandy tracks to local settlements, and one needs to know the area well in order to find the birding localities. Birding on the lakes also requires a boat and local knowledge.

Bird species in the area include the Palm-nut Vulture, Pel’s Fishing Owl, White-backed Night-heron, African grey Hornbill bird and different type of Kingfishers, Grey Heron, African Crake, Cormorants, African Jacana, African Pygme Goose, African Swamp hen, White-backed night-heron, Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, Crested Guineafowl, African Finfoot, Livingstone’s Turaco, Swamp Nightjar, Narina Trogon, African Broadbill, Brown Scrub-Robin, Pale-crowned Cisticola, Woodwards’ Batis, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Purple-banded Sunbird and Rosy-throated Longclaw. Rarities include Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Crab Plover and Greater Frigatebird, to name only a few birds. Ask your tour guide for a list of birds and see how many you can spot.

We pick you up from your accommodation in Kosi Bay and bring you back after the tour. Give us a call at 072 446 1525 or email us at info@kosi.co.za. Tours are between 4 to 8 hours, depending on all the sites we visit.