Birdwatching at Tamboti Bush Lodge in the Dinokeng Game Reserve
Dinokeng is one of South Africa’s prime bird watching areas, and is second only to Ndumo in the St Lucia area in terms of its numbers of bird species, making this a birdwatchers paradise! The close proximity of water, grassland and bushveld habitats attract a wide variety of birds in a relatively small area. The birdwatching is absolutely free at Tamboti Bush Lodge, we have 85 different indigenous trees plus an orchard of fruit trees and two dams so we have huge varieties of birds at the lodge. At the lodge the owners have planted Tecoma plants around the restaurant to specifically attract varieties of sunbirds. The garden at the lodge also has a large area of lawns and areas of grasses that have been left to go to seed specifically to attract seed-eaters. A Tamboti forest inside the lodge periphery also attracts it own varieties of birds. Visitors to the lodge can almost be guaranteed to be greeted by at least one if not more than one Crimson Breasted Shrike.
Proximity to Zaagkuildrift road and Kgomo Kgomo makes Tamboti Bush Lodge an ideal base for birders in the area as well as being very close to Rust de Winter Dam, an ideal opportunity to see many of the waterfowl the area has to offer. To ensure that birders never go hungry Tamboti Bush Lodge has an excellent restaurant and lunch packs can be arranged for that long day in the bush. We at Tamboti Bush Lodge are dedicated to make your bird viewing a wonderful experience.
The following have all been sighted over the years and we sincerely hope that you can add to this list :- Reed Cormorant, Darter, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Great White Egret, Yellowbilled Egret, Cattle Egret, Greenbacked Heron, Blackcrowned Night Heron, Dwarf Bittern, Hamerkop-Scopus Umbretta, Black Stork, Oopbek/Openbilled Stork, Sacred Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Hadeda Ibis, African Spoonbil, Whitefaced Duck, Egyptian Goose, South African Shelduck,
African Black Duck, Blackshouldered Kite, Martial Eagle, Blackbreasted Snake Eagle, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Gabar Goshawk, Coqui Francolin, Crested Francolin, Swainson’s Francolin, Helmeted Guineafowl, Kurrichane Buttonquail, Redcrested Korhaan, Black Korhaan, Threebanded Plover, Crowned Plover, Blacksmith Plover, Wattled Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Dikkop, Doublebanded Sandgrouse, Feral Pigeon, Rock Pigeon, Redeyed Dove, Cape Turtle Dove,
Laughing Dove, Namaqua Dove, Meyer’s Parat, Grey Lourie, African Cuckoo, Redchested Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, Striped Cuckoo, Jacobin Cuckoo, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Diederik’s Cuckoo, Burchell’s Coucal, Pearlspotted Owl, Pennantwinged Nightjar, Speckled Mousebird, Whitebacked Mousebird, Redfaced Mousebird, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher,
Halfcollared Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Pigmy Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher, Brownhooded Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Lilacbreasted Roller, Hoopoe, Redbilled Woodhoopoe, Scimitarbilled Woodhoopoe, Grey Hornbill, Redbilled Hornbill, Yellowbilled Hornbill, Blackcollared Barbet, Pied Barbet, Yellowfronted Tinker Barbet, Crested Barbet,
Bennett’s Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, BeardedWoodpecker, European Swallow, Whitethroated Swallow, Greater Striped Swallow, Lesser Striped Swallow, Forktailed Drongo, European Golden Oriole, Blackheaded Oriole, Black Crow, Pied Crow, Southern Black Tit, Arrowmarked Babbler, Blackeyed Bulbul, Kurrichane Thrush, Olive Thrush,
Groundscraper Thrush, Capped Wheatear, Whitethroated Robin, Whitebrowed Robin, Titbabler, European Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Barthroated Opalis, Longbilled Crombec, Tawnyflanked Prinia, Blackchested Prinia, Spotted Flycatcher, Marico Flycatcher, Fiscal Flycatcher, Cape Batis, Chinspot Batis, Fairy Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Cape Wagtail, Fiscal Shrike, Redbacked Shrike, Longtailed Shrike, Southern Boubou, Crimson Boubou, Puffback, Brubru,
Threestreaked Tchagra, Blackcrowned Tchagra Bokmakierie-Telephorus zeylonus, Greyheaded Bush Shrike, Orangebreasted Bush Shrike, White Helmetshrike, Plumcoloured Starling, Burchell’s Glossy Starling, Cape Glossy Starling, Redwinged Starling, Marico Sunbird, Amethyst Sunbird, Purplebanded Sunbird, Whitebellied Sunbird, Scarletchested Sunbird,
Black Sunbird, Cape White-eye, Great sparrow, Cape Sparrow, Greyheaded sparrow, Scalyfeathered Finch, Spottedbacked Weaver, Masked Weaver, Lesser Masked Weaver, Thick-billed Weaver, Red Bishop, Redbilled Firefinch, Blue Waxbill, Violeteared Waxbill, Common Waxbill, Blackcheeked Waxbill, Bronze Mannikin, Pintailed Whydah, Shafttailed Whydah, Paradise Whydah, Yelloweyed Canary, Yellow Canary,
Goldenbreasted Bunting, Cape Bunting, Rock Bunting