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When it comes to birding in Southern Africa, Aberfoyle Lodge is a highly recommended destination.

The different types of vegetation, warm weather, high rainfall and pristine forests mean that we get a wide range of birds in very close vicinity to the lodge.

Birders come from all over the world to tick off the many ‘specials’ that Aberfoyle has to offer.

Morgan and Wisdom are our guides, each with his own strengths. Morgan is incredible at finding what you want. He can identify birds without hesitation and knows exactly where to find each of the specials that we are fortunate to have. Send us through a list of birds that you would like to get and we will put together a program that will maximise your time here and hopefully get you your list.

Wisdom is brilliant with his Orchids and trees and will be happy to arrange a hike through the mountains to find the flora and fauna that you may like to see.

Bellow is a trip advisor guest review of his birding trip to Aberfoyle:

“Wow”! We hired Morgan, their resident bird guide, who was excellent, definitely knows his birds and where to find them. Without him we would not have found all the ‘lifers’ we were looking for.

Specials to the area we found, were: Anchieta’s ( Marsh) Tchagra – this is the only place you’ll find this bird, Red Faced Crimsonwing, Red Chested and Buff Spotted Flufftail, Barred Long Tailed Cuckoo, Green Twinspot, Barratt’s Warbler, Pallid (Eastern) Honeyguide, Green Backed Honeyguide, Singing Cisticola, Short Winged Cisticola, Silvery Cheeked Hornbill, Plain Backed (Blue Throated) Sunbird, White Eared Barbet, Rufous Winged Cisticola, Forest Weaver, Mashona Hyliota, Square Tailed Drongo, Green backed Woodpecker, Bronze Naped Pigeon, Scarce Swift, Grey Waxbill, Pale Batis, Red Winged Warbler, Black Throated Wattle-Eye, Ayres Eagle and Black Sparrowhawk.”

Unfortunately the only bird that these guests didn’t find that was on their list was the lesser seed cracker which is around but unfortunately eluded them this week.

If you would like to book a birding tour get in touch with us and send us your specials list that you would like to see so that we can plan your trip to maximize on your list. We look forward to adding to your list of birds seen in Southern Africa. With just under 390 species of birds found in the area we know that you will love every second.

  • Little Grebe
  • White-Faced Duck
  • White-Breasted Cormorant
  • Fulvous Whistling-Duck
  • Reed Cormorant
  • African Black Duck
  • African Darter
  • White-Backed Vulture
  • Grey Heron
  • Palm-Nut Vulture
  • Black-Headed Heron
  • Secretary Bird
  • Purple Heron
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Great Egret
  • Brown Snake Eagle
  • Little Egret
  • Black-Chested Snake Eagle
  • Yellow-Billed Egret
  • Southern Banded Snake Eagle
  • Cattle Egret
  • Western Banded Snake Eagle
  • Squacco Heron
  • Steppe Eagle
  • Green Heron
  • Lesser Spotted Eagle
  • Rufous-Bellied Heron
  • Tawny Eagle
  • Black-Crowned Night Heron
  • Verreaux’s Eagle
  • Dwarf Bittern
  • Martial Eagle
  • Eurasian Bittern
  • African Crowned Eagle
  • Hamerkop
  • Long-Crested Eagle
  • White Stork
  • African Hawk-Eagle
  • Abdim’s Stork
  • Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle
  • Woolly-Necked Stork
  • Booted Eagle
  • Saddle-Billed Stork
  • European Honey Buzzard
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Augur Buzzard
  • African Harrier-Hawk
  • Wahlberg’s Eagle
  • African Marsh Harrier
  • Steppe Eagle
  • Dark Chanting Goshawk
  • African Quail
  • Black Kite
  • Corn Crake
  • Yellow-Billed Kite
  • Black Crake
  • Black-Shouldered Kite
  • Striped Crake
  • African Cuckoo-Hawk
  • Baillon’s Crake
  • Lizard Buzzard
  • Red-Chested Flufftail
  • Ovambo Sparrowhawk
  • Buff-Spotted Flufftail
  • Little Sparrowhawk
  • Striped Flufftail
  • Shikra
  • African Purple Gallinule
  • Gabar Goshawk
  • Allen’s Gallinule
  • Black Sparrowhawk
  • African Jacana
  • African Goshawk
  • Lesser Jacana
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • African Wattled Lapwing
  • Lanner Falcon
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Crowned Plover
  • African Hobby
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Sooty Falcon
  • African Snipe
  • Taita Falcon
  • Temminck’s Courser
  • Eleonora’s Falcon
  • Bronze-Winged Courser
  • Amur Falcon
  • Sooty Tern
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Rock Kestrel
  • Rock Dove
  • Dickinson’s Kestrel
  • African Olive-Pigeon
  • Natal Francolin
  • Eastern Bronze-Napped Pigeon
  • Red-Necked Spurfowl/Francolin
  • Lemon Dove
  • Swainson’s Spurfowl
  • Speckled Pigeon
  • Shelley’s Francolin
  • Red-Eyed Dove
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • Cape Turtle Dove
  • Common Quail/ Small Buttonquail
  • Marsh Owl
  • Harlequin Quail
  • African Barred Owlet
  • Black-Rumped Buttonquail
  • African Wood Owl
  • Laughing Dove
  • African Scops Owl
  • African Green Pigeon
  • European Nightjar
  • Emerald-Spotted Dove
  • Fiery-Necked Nightjar
  • Blue-Spotted Wood Dove
  • Rufous-Cheeked Nightjar
  • Tambourine Dove
  • Freckled Nightjar
  • Namaqua Dove
  • Square-Tailed Nightjar
  • Livingstone’s Turaco
  • Mottled Swift
  • Purple-Crested Turaco
  • Common Swift
  • Common Cuckoo
  • African Black Swift
  • African Cuckoo
  • Little Swift
  • Lesser Cuckoo
  • Horus Swift
  • Red-Chested Cuckoo
  • White Rumped Swift
  • Black Cuckoo
  • Scarce Swift
  • Barred Long-Tailed Cuckoo
  • African Palm Swift
  • Great Spotted Cuckoo
  • Speckled Mousebird
  • Levaillant’s Cuckoo
  • Narina Trogon
  • Jacobin Cuckoo
  • African Broadbill
  • African Emerald Cuckoo
  • African Pitta
  • Klaas’s Cuckoo
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Diederik Cuckoo
  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Burchell’s Coucal
  • Half-Collard Kingfisher
  • Senegal Coucal
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Black Coucal
  • African Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Green Malkhoha
  • Brown-Hooded Kingfisher
  • Cape Eagle Owl
  • Spotted Eagle Owl
  • Barn Owl
  • Yellow-Fronted Tinkerbird
  • African Grass Owl
  • White-Eared Barbet
  • Pel’s Fishing Owl
  • Yellow-Rumped Tinkerbird
  • Grey-Hooded Kingfisher
  • Golden-Tailed Woodpecker
  • Striped Kingfisher
  • Green-Backed Woodpecker
  • European Bee-eater
  • Cardinal Woodpecker
  • Blue-Cheeked Bee-eater
  • Rufous-Lark
  • Southern Carmine Bee-eater
  • Chestnut-Backed Sparrow-Lark
  • White-Fronted Bee-eater
  • Barn Swallow
  • Little Bee-eater
  • White-Throated Swallow
  • Swallow-Tailed Bee-eater
  • Blue Swallow
  • European Roller
  • Wire-Tailed Swallow
  • Lilac-Breasted Roller
  • Lesser-Striped Swallow
  • Racket-Tailed Roller
  • Rock Martin
  • Purple Roller
  • Common Martin
  • Broad-Billed Roller
  • Eastern Saw-wing
  • Trumpeter Hornbill
  • Black Cuckoo-Shrike
  • Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill
  • Grey Cuckoo-Shrike
  • Crowned Hornbill
  • Square-Tailed Drongo
  • Southern Ground Hornbill
  • Fork-Tailed Drongo
  • African Hoopoe
  • Eurasian Golden Oriole
  • Greater Honeyguide
  • African Golden Oriole
  • Scaly-Throated Honeyguide
  • Black Headed Oriole
  • Lesser Honeyguide
  • Pied Crow
  • Pallid Honeyguide
  • White-Necked Raven
  • Brown-Backed Honeybird
  • White Starred Robin
  • Green-Backed Honeybird
  • Swynnerton’s Robin
  • Miombo Tit
  • Garden Warbler
  • Cinnamon-Breasted Tit
  • Common Whitethroat
  • Arrow-Marked Babbler
  • Icterine Warbler
  • Dark-Capped Bulbul
  • River Warbler
  • Terrestrial Brownbul
  • Great-Reed Warbler
  • Yellow-Streaked Greenbul
  • African Marsh Warbler
  • Sombre Greenbul
  • Marsh Warbler
  • Striped-Cheeked Greenbul
  • Sedge Warbler
  • Yellow-Bellied Greenbul
  • Lesser Swamp Warbler
  • Eastern Nicator
  • Dark-Capped Warbler
  • Kurrichane Thrush
  • Little Rush Warbler
  • Olive Thrush
  • Barratt’s Warbler
  • Orange Thrush
  • Broad-Tailed Warbler
  • Miombo Rock Thrush
  • Willow Warbler
  • African Stonechat
  • Yellow-Throated Woodland-Warbler
  • White-Browned Robin
  • Bar-Throated Apalis
  • Red-Capped Robin-Chat
  • Chirinda Apalis
  • Cape Robin-Chat
  • Yellow-Breasted Apalis
  • White-Throated Robin Chat
  • Red-Faced Crombec
  • White Browed-Scrub Robin
  • Green-Capped Eremomela
  • Bearded Scrub Robin
  • Grey-Backed Eremomela
  • Collard Palm Thrush
  • Cape Grassbird
  • Moustached Grass-Warbler
  • Cape Batis
  • Pale-Crowned Cisticola
  • Black-Throated Wattle-Eye
  • Zitting Cisticola
  • African Paradise Flycatcher
  • Wailing Cisticola
  • African Pied Wagtail
  • Rattling Cisticola
  • Mountain Wagtail
  • Lazy Cisticola
  • Cape Wagtail
  • Levaillant’s Cisticola
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Singing Cisticola
  • African Pipit
  • Neddicky
  • Striped Pipit
  • Short-Winged Cisticola
  • Tree Pipit
  • Red-Winged Warbler
  • Cape Longclaw
  • Tawny-Flanked Prinia
  • Yellow-Throated Longclaw
  • Robert’s Warbler
  • Lesser Grey Shrike
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Common Fiscal Shrike
  • African Dusky Flycatcher
  • Red-Backed Shrike
  • Ashy Flycatcher
  • Tropical Boubou
  • Collard Flycatcher
  • Black-Backed Puffback
  • Grey Flycatcher
  • Brown-Crowned Tchagra
  • Southern Flycatcher
  • Black-Crowned Tchagra
  • Marico Flycatcher
  • Anchieta’s Tchagra
  • Pale Flycatcher
  • Bokmakierie
  • Southern Hyliota
  • Gorgeous Bush-Shrike
  • Black and White Flycatcher
  • Orange-Breasted Bush-Shrike
  • Blue-Mantled Flycatcher
  • Black-Fronted Bush-Shrike
  • White-Tailed Flycatcher
  • Olive Bush Shrike
  • Chinspot Batis
  • Grey-Headed Bush-Shrike
  • Pale Batis
  • Dark Backed Weaver
  • White-Crested Helmet-Shrike
  • Spectacled Weaver
  • Retz’s Helmet-Shrike
  • Village Weaver
  • Chestnut-Fronted Helmet-Shrike
  • Golden Weaver
  • Wattled Starling
  • Southern Masked Weaver
  • Violet-Backed Starling
  • Red-Billed Quelea
  • Greater Blue-Eared Starling
  • Southern Red Bishop
  • Red-Winged Starling
  • Black-Winged Bishop
  • Gurney’s Sugarbird
  • Golden Bishop
  • Malachite Sunbird
  • Red-Collard Widowbird
  • Bronzy Sunbird
  • Orange-Winged Pytilia
  • Copper Sunbird
  • Green-Winged Pytilia
  • Purple-Banded Sunbird
  • Green Twinspot
  • Miombo Double-Collard Sunbird
  • Red-Faced Crimsonwing
  • Greater Double-Collard Sunbird
  • Lesser Seedcracker
  • Eastern Olive Sunbird
  • Red-Throated Twinspot
  • Scarlet-Chested Sunbird
  • African Firefinch
  • Amethyst Sunbird
  • Red-Billed Firefinch
  • Collard Sunbird
  • Blue Waxbill
  • Plain-Backed Sunbird
  • Common Waxbill
  • African Yellow White-Eye
  • Grey Waxbill
  • House Sparrow
  • Yellow-Bellied Waxbill
  • Southern Grey-Headed Sparrow
  • Orange-Breasted Waxbill
  • Thick-Billed Weaver
  • Bronze Mannikin
  • Red-Backed Mannikin
  • Pin-Tailed Whydah
  • Magpie Mannikin
  • Long-Tailed Paradise Whydah
  • Broad-Tailed Whydah
  • Yellow Eye Canary
  • Dusky Indigobird
  • Cape Canary
  • Purple Indigobird
  • Brimstone Canary
  • Cuckoo Finch
  • Cabanis’s Bunting
  • Village Indigobird
  • Golden-Breasted Bunting
  • Zambezi Indigobird
  • Cinnamon-Breasted Bunting
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