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Birding

Birdwatching or birding is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for bird sounds.

Best time in spring; August and September. The Geelbek Hide from low tide as the tide is coming in. The water level rises, and the waders are forced to get closer to the hide.

In spring flamingoes make a stop at the West Coast National Park.

Only in August and September the Postberg Section with game and wildflowers is open to the public.

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20.000 birds both in winter and in passage periods

FR France

Birds Island is a year-round destination with a size of three hectares. Most interesting is the mating ritual between April and August. Breeding season from August/September until March.

The opening hours are depending on summer and winter time. Opening at 7 a.m. closing in summer at 7 p.m. and winter at 5 p.m.

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Best Birding in southern summer

BR Brazil

In summer (December to February) birding is outstanding with resident and migratory birds but poor wildlife visibility.

Crowds and Weather

Southern winter; the dry season (May to September) is not only the best time for wildlife but also low season with fewer tourists, except for school holiday: It’s less busy in camps and on the roads. Days are sunny with low humidity and nights are cold. Fewer mosquito and a very low risk for malaria.

The busiest months in the main camps are in southern summer (November to March) if possible avoid the Christmas school holidays. The rain starts end of October. The scenery gets lush and green, but during summer it’s also hot and humid and heavy rainfalls occur. If rivers get flooded, you can't pass bridges. Wildlife game viewing is not as good as in southern winter.

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