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Zululand Birding Route, Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal.

In Southern Zululand, the Birding Route meanders from the Babanango Highlands through the rolling hills of Melmoth down to the forests of Eshowe, which is perched on the edge of the escarpment. From Eshowe it drops down to Mtunzini on the coast and then to Richards Bay, where it ends. One can start the route from any end or select any combination of the destinations en route. It encompasses 10 different habitat types that support a total of 400 bird species, 54% of the species present in South Africa (excluding vagrants). A number of “specials” occur in the area, most notably Woodward’s barbet that occurs in the Ongoye Forest. Other species such as Delegorgue’s pigeon, spotted thrush and green coucal make the route a must on any serious birders calendar.  Birding day record counts achieved in the area exceed 260 species in a 24-hour period. 

Exciting birding destinations and good hospitality are essential ingredients of the Route. Numerous experienced and well-informed birders are available for advice or as guides to the various areas. Hiking trails are available in many of the locations and visits to Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Game Reserves can be made from along the route.  A Zulu cultural experience is available at Shakaland near Eshowe as well as at Simunye in the Melmoth district.  Numerous interesting historical sites and famous battlefields are on the route. It is advisable to use a guide when visiting such sites. AUZubird

Contct:   Hamish McLaggan
   Box 266 Eshowe 3815
   +27 (3547) 41234 telephone office
   +27 (3547) 42531 telephone home
   e-mail: zulubird@iafrica.com
   web: www.birding.co.za/zulubird/

 

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Last update: 2009-07-12 02:48
Author: Alan McIver
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