Bird Watching in Dullstroom

Due to its altitude of around 2,000 metres, Dullstroom provides an opportunity to record, amidst beautiful hill and marshy valleys, some of the more difficult and elusive highveld species, such as Wattled Crane, Yellowbreasted Pipit and Gurney’s Sugarbird.

For the best results we recommend a weekend visit, giving you more time to appreciate the birds at Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate or some of the various circular drives located throughout and close to Dullstroom.

Best Season: September to January

About bird watching in Dullstroom

Dullstroom enjoys a unique birding environment. It is a prime spot for grassland birding – and although it lacks a great diversity of species, this is more than made up for by the presence of some local specials, and by the ease with which grassland endemics are observed.

Specials: Ground Woodpecker,

Sentinel Rock-Thrush,
Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk,

Southern Bald Ibis,

Gurney’s Sugarbird,

Wattled and Blue Cranes,

Red-chested and
White-winged Flufftails,

Denham’s Bustard,

Pale-crowned Cisticola,

Black-winged Lapwing,

Cape Eagle-Owl,
Yellow-breasted Pipit

Buff-streaked Chat.


The Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre is a great venue for getting up close and personal with a number of raptor species.  Established in 1997, the centre serves as a refuge for these precious prey species.  Here you can view flight displays and take part in handling days or just relax and enjoy a meal amongst the lovely scenery and birds.