Birding Routes

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Buff-streaked chat by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
Cobham Nature Reserve lies an easy one and a half hours away from Pietermaritzburg and is to my mind one of the best gateways in to the Drakensberg mountains with excellent birding to boot. 
Green Tinkerbird by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
In January 1958, a small nondescript greenish bird was collected as part of a museum collection from near the town of Chicomo in central Mozambique. The label on its preserved skin read “Green Tinkerbird” and for the next four and a half decades, the species was not recorded again and many actually believed that the museum specimen had been...
Wire tailed swallow by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
After our previous days successful and energetic birding at Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge and Hangklip, Samson Mulaudzi was still determined to show me a couple of other gems within the Soutmansberg and had also promised me the chance of adding a new bird to my life list! Although we had agreed to meet before the awaking rays of daybreak, there...
Lilac Breasted Roller by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
Over the few years that I have been writing the birding articles for Country Life, I have been extremely privileged to travel to a host of fantastic destinations and to encounter many of the special birds that this country has to offer. One long-planned trip took me through the far northern reaches of South Africa and allowed me to...
Woodland Kingfisher by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
After spending years growing up in the bushveld, I really thought that I knew how to read an African Elephant’s behaviour but in this case I was wrong, very wrong! I reversed as fast as possible with the engine of my small car screaming and with five or so tons of angry elephant bull bearing down on me and...
Yellow Billed Hornbill by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick
I remember well the first time that I visited Punda Maria in the northern reaches of the Kruger National Park. I had just turned off the main road between Shingwedzi and Pafuri and onto the final stretch to the camp, when a large male leopard leapt out of a tree and sauntered across the road in front of me....
Meeves Starling by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
There is something absolutely magical about the Pafuri basin in the summer months, with the constant calling of endless birds and insects, the stately Leadwood trees that are hundreds of years old and the massive Baobabs which age into the thousands of years. Thick, lush, green vegetation along the Lhuvuvu and Limpopo Rivers hides herds of buffalo and elephant...
Swee Waxbills by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
Mist swirling around the tops of mountains always has a mystical and peaceful feeling for me and on this trip it seemed particularly apt as I drove ever upwards along twisting roads in the Magoebaskloof to Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge - which translated means “tranquil spirit”. Passing ancient trees and bubbling forest streams, I wound the windows of my...
Tawny Flanked Prinia by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick
I need to admit that Venda has never before featured on my radar as a potential birding destination. This is because the nearby and far better advertised hills of Punda Maria in the Kruger National Park always seemed a much more obvious choice. Thus, when I was offered the chance to explore the unknown hills of Golwe and Gundane...
Fiscal flycatcher by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
A broad, glistening white smile greeted me warmly as I arrived at the entrance gate to the Garden Route National Park and Storms River Mouth Rest Camp. After paying my entrance fees I drove into an extremely well maintained reserve with dense ancient coastal forests lining the roadsides where relaxed Bushbuck foraged in the shadows and the constant sound...
Knysna Turaco by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Birding in the Garden Route, at the doorstep between the Western and the Eastern Cape, can be extremely rewarding and without having to expend excessive energy a huge variety of birds within their different habitats can be easily viewed at Wilderness, Natures Valley and Goukamma Nature Reserve.
Male collared sunbird by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick
With dense coastal forests extending right down to the beachfront, expansive misty grasslands and numerous estuaries flowing into the sea, it felt more like I was in some remote West African destination than standing in the middle of a shallow estuary mouth within the Dwesa Nature Reserve on the Wild Coast of South Africa.
African penguin coming ashore by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick
Algoa Bay is home to 45% of the worlds remaining African Penguin population and up to 68% of the worlds Cape Gannets with numbers rapidly decreasing in both populations. These figures really hit me hard as I joined the dedicated team of South African National Park rangers on their boat patrol of the bay. SANParks is looking at declaring...
purple banded sunbird by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Mozambique! The word conjures up images of long white beaches, palm trees and warm tropical waters teaming with life, however, this massive country has so much more on offer and the vast interior is still extremely wild and largely unexplored. From a birding perspective, Gorongosa and the Zambezi River floodplain provide some of the best birding.
Namaqua sandgrouse female by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
A late winters wind blew icy shafts across the Northern Cape landscape and heavy rains had left overflowing slushy wetlands enjoyed by flocks of Spur-winged and Egyptian Geese that dabbled in the shallows . The blankets of colourfull flowers whipped in the wind and did their best to follow the suns path across the sky, still putting on an...
cape glossy strarling by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
Having lived for two years in the Kalahari, the knarled Camel Thorn trees with their rough bark, large seed pods and yellow pom-pom flowers together with the copper red sandy soils and dry heat holds a special place in my soul. Somehow the rest of the chaotically busy world seems to have left this corner of Africa alone and...
orange river white eye by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
We are going to go on holiday WHERE was my family’s immediate response when I suggested a trip in to the arid Northern Cape and with a focus on the Poffadder area. “What happens in Pofadder” was their next question and when I said that there was some special birding to be done, they looked at me as if...
barlows lark by wildlife and conservation photographer peter chadwick.jpg
The strange looking half-mens plant, giant quiver trees, quartzite koppies, arid birding, the Orange River and extreme aridness all have the Richtesveld National Park in common and it was here that I was heading on the next leg of my journey into the Northern Cape of South Africa.
Kalahari scrub robin by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Twenty years ago, when I first visited the Northern Cape and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, as it was known then, access to the park was via a rough gravel road that seemingly went on forever and that wound through the red sand dunes leaving one feeling seasick from driving between the crests and dips of the dunes. Today,...
Malachite sunbird by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.jpg
Even the best made plans end up going array, but very seldom do these lead to something better than was originally planned. Such was the case when my family and I departed on our annual holiday, which would take us birding in the Northern Cape and is always aimed at exploring the lesser- travelled roads of South Africa. ...
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