KwaZulu Natal Birding

KwaZulu Natal Birding routes

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Zimanga Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of the Zululand bushveld and is close to the town of Mkuze. It is a bird watchers paradise that has three carefully designed photographic hides that allows the photographer to be at eye-level with the birds as they come down to drink and bathe. Excellent game viewing is also possible with...
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There is something magical about sitting on a high vantage point overlooking dense valley bushveld and listening to the calls of Purple-Crested Turaco’s and Black-Headed Orioles while in the distance herds of zebra and impala are just visible as they graze in the open grasslands. Sitting overlooking Weenan Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, I was in such a setting...
Cape Glossy Starling juvenile by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
Arriving at any new birding destination always brings with it a sense of anticipation, especially when I arrive in the early morning when the veld is still fresh and crisp and birds are active and easily located through their calling. Arriving at the entrance to the Spioenkop Nature Reserve, situated in the heart of the Anglo Boer War Battlefields,...
Cape Longclaw by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
Just off the western side of the busy N3 highway that links Gauteng with Durban, lies the towering mountains of the Drakensberg. This mountain range is one of my favourite birding destinations. Not only is this because of the many endemics found there but also because of the breath taking scenery, the incredible peace and most of all the...
Red-backed Mannikin by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick.
Too often we set off into the distance without realising that on our doorstep lie some fantastic birding destinations. One of my favourites is the KwaZulu Natal Botanical Gardens that are in the heart of Pietermaritzburg and from where rushing cars, trains and other city sounds may well be heard but within the gardens is an amazing array of...
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The small flock of Common Waxbills that had been feeding on the seeds of long wavy grass stems flew off in panic as dozens of rushing dusty cattle came bellowing up the dirt track. Above them thousands of Barn Swallows swooped and dipped after the black swarm of flies that were accompanying the cattle. Cattle Egrets ran rapidly alongside,...
Sea......saw, See..... saw emanated softly from the dark dense undergrowth a few meters away. I could barely discern the outline of the calling Red-Capped Robin-Chat as the light drops of rain pattered down on the thatch roof of the rondavel from where I was viewing the bird through an open window. Without a breath of wind, the peacefulness...
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. 
As soon as the dark shadow passed low overhead, I knew that it was going to be one of those “most memorable in life” moments. The early wake up at 4 a.m. was now well worth the effort. I had woken early to trudge 12 kilometres up the Zwelele Ridge at Lotheni Nature Reserve in the southern Drakensberg. This...
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