Bird watching

Nata Sanctuary is a birdwatchers’ paradise but varies greatly throughout the year. In order to see the birds at their best, it is advisable to enquire from staff about conditions within the Sanctuary.

The area is famous as a feeding ground for a globally threatened flamingo. Other special birds of interest birding include Great White Pelican, Caspian Tern, Grey-headed Gull, African Spoonbill, Spike-heeled Lark, Pink-billed Larek, Rufous-naped Lark, Cape Clapper Lark, Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark, Greater Kestrel, Capped Wheatear, Lesser Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon. There are over 300 bird species recorded in the area which is 1% of the size of the Okavango Delta (which has a total of 450 bird species). During the formulation of the Makgadikgadi Framework Management Plan, Nata Sanctuary was identified as one of the top 10 biodiversity hotspots in the Makgadikgadi basin i.e. the area is important not just for birds but other taxas as well.

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