The Kori Bustard is found throughout southern Africa, except in densely wooded areas. This species occurs in open grassy areas, often characterized by sandy soil and short grasses. It may be found in plains, karoo, highveld grassland, arid scrub, lightly wooded savanna, open dry bushveld and semi-desert. They follow fires or herds of foraging ungulates, in order to pick their various foods out of the short grasses. They may also be found in cultivated areas, especially wheat fields with a few scattered trees. Most nests are found in sparsely wooded savanna with sparse grass cover.