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Listen to nature: explore wildlife sounds of Southern Africa

On the map below, the location of each wildlife sound recording is identified by a red map pin. Click on the pin to listen.

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Cape Bulbul (Pycnonotus capensis). Victoria Bay, Southern Cape Province, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. Cape Dawn soundscape at 0445 hours. Outeniqua Mountains (ca 22 37'E, ca 33 54'S), Cape Province, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. African Hoopoe (Upupa africana). Near Craddock, Cape Province, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. Dawn chorus. Royal National Amphitheatre, near Tendele Camp, Natal, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. Mountain Reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula). Royal National Park, Natal, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. Fiery-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis). Mkusi Game Park (32 14'E, 27 39'S), Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. African Fish Eagle (Haliaetus vocifer). Lake St Lucia, Zululand, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. Tropical Boubou Shrike (Laniarius aethiopicus). Chikune, Zambia. Recorded by Robert Stjernstedt. Giant Eagle Owl (Bubo lacteus). East of Naboomspruit, Transvaal, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. Impala (Aepyceros melampus). East of Naboomspruit, Transvaal, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. Yellow-eyed Canary (Serinus mozambicus). Oliphants Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. Namib Sand Gecko (Ptenopus garrulus). Near Erongo Mountains, Central Namibia, Namibia. Recorded by David Watts. Robin Chat (Cossypha caffra). Augrabies Falls on Orange River, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. African Elephant (Loxodonta africana). West of Halali, Etosha National Park, Namibia. Recorded by David Watts. Red-billed Francolin (Francolinus adspersus). Hatali camp, Etosha Game Park, Central Namibia, Namibia. Recorded by David Watts. Gunning's Robin (Erithacus gunningi). Dondo, Mozambique. Recorded by Anthony Walker. Emerald Spotted Wood Dove (Turtur chalcospilos). Matopos, Zimbabwe. Recorded by Claude Chappuis. Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius). Luangwa River, Zambia. Recorded by Robert Stjernstedt. Spotted Hyaena (Crocuta crocuta). Umfolosi Game Park, Zululand, South Africa. Recorded by David Watts. Go to Africa Map

In addition to the sounds featured in the map, the alphabetical list below also contains further recordings from this region. Click on the name to listen.

African Elephant Loxodonta africana
recorded by David Watts, 28 September 1974, west of Halali, Etosha National Park, Namibia.
African Fish Eagle Haliaetus vocifer
Background: Golden-rumped Tinker Barbet, recorded by David Watts, 8 December 1974, Lake St Lucia, Zululand, South Africa.
African Hoopoe Upupa africana
song, recorded by David Watts, 27 November 1974, near Craddock, Cape Province, South Africa.
Burchell's Zebra Equus burchelli
recorded by John Dunning, Wankie Game Reserve, South Africa.
Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis
calls, recorded by David Watts, 24 July 1984, Victoria Bay, Southern Cape Province, South Africa.
Cape Dawn soundscape at 0445 hours
recorded by David Watts, 12 December 1979, Outeniqua Mountains (ca 22 37'E, ca 33 54'S), Cape Province, South Africa.
Dawn chorus
recorded by David Watts, 27 November 1984, Royal National Amphitheatre, near Tendele Camp, Natal, South Africa.
Emerald Spotted Wood Dove Turtur chalcospilos
song, recorded by Claude Chappuis, 6 April 1985, Matopos, Zimbabwe.
Fiery-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus pectoralis
song, recorded by David Watts, 31 January 1980, Mkusi Game Park (32 14'E, 27 39'S), Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Giant Eagle Owl Bubo lacteus
calls, recorded by David Watts, 19 June 1984, east of Naboomspruit, Transvaal, South Africa.
Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri
calls, recorded by Anthony Walker, 13 January 1969, Hippo Pools, South-east Lowveld, Zimbabwe.
Gunning's Robin Erithacus gunningi
song, recorded by Anthony Walker, 7 January 1972, Dondo, Mozambique.
Hadada Ibis Hagedashia hagedash
calls, recorded by David Watts, 29 August 1979, north of Suikerbosrand, Transvaal, South Africa.
Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius
recorded by Robert Stjernstedt, 2 July 1985, Luangwa River, Zambia.
Impala Aepyceros melampus
calls, recorded by David Watts, 24 June 1984, east of Naboomspruit, Transvaal, South Africa.
Lion Panthera leo
roars and snarls, recorded by Simon Bearder, June 1974, Timbavati Reserve, East Transvaal, Transvaal, South Africa.
Mountain Reedbuck Redunca fulvorufula
whistles, recorded by David Watts, 26 November 1984, Royal National Park, Natal, South Africa.
Namib Sand Gecko Ptenopus garrulus
recorded by David Watts, 8 September 1984, near Erongo Mountains, Central Namibia, Namibia.
Red-billed Francolin Francolinus adspersus
calls, recorded by David Watts, 14 September 1984, Hatali camp, Etosha Game Park, Central Namibia, Namibia.
Robin Chat Cossypha caffra
song, recorded by David Watts, 19 September 1979, Augrabies Falls on Orange River, South Africa.
Southern Boubou Shrike Laniarius ferrugineus
duet, recorded by David Watts, 27 November 1974, Mountain Zebra National Park, Cape Province, South Africa.
Spotted Hyaena Crocuta crocuta
calls, recorded by David Watts, 20 January 1980, Umfolosi Game Park, Zululand, South Africa.
Tropical Boubou Shrike Laniarius aethiopicus
duet, recorded by Robert Stjernstedt, 14 June 1989, Chikune, Zambia.
Yellow-eyed Canary Serinus mozambicus
song, recorded by David Watts, 3 November 1984, Oliphants Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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