Witness the Mount Moreland Swallows

Birding in or near Umdloti, Umhlanga Coastline in Durban, South Africa.

Things To Do in UmdlotiWitness the Mount Moreland Swallows

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Where? Mount Moreland Conservancy, Charles Street, Mount Moreland, just inland from Umdloti, Dolphin Coast, KwaZulu Natal.

When? Best from early November until mid-April.

How? Call +27 (0)31 568-1671

How much? Donations appreciated

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Umdloti, in KwaZulu Natal

More? See website

Witness the spectacle of the Mount Moreland Swallows: Enjoy an evening picnic or a few sundowners at the Lake Victoria Conservancy in Mount Moreland and witness the spectacle of the Mount Moreland Swallows. (Barn Swallow - Hirundo Rustica).

Every evening from mid October to mid April, millions of these tiny birds gather for about half an hour before sunset and fly in vast numbers over the Lake Victoria Wetlands. As dusk falls, the swallows drop down in the reeds and are gone until dusk the next day!

The Wetland is the largest roost site for the Barn (European) Swallows during their summer migration to South Africa. The round trip from Europe can be over 12,000 kilometres which is no mean feat for a bird weighing an average of 18 grams.

The viewing site is open to visitors every day at sunset. Please bring your own chairs, drinks and snacks and it is advised that you bring mosquito repellent. There is no charge for viewing the swallows, but a donation box is on site for those who wish to donate to maintaining the area.

For a first hand account about the Mount Moreland Swallows see The Mount Moreland Swallows

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Umdloti

Swallows Rest

Self Catering

Swallows Rest

Swallows Rest offers upmarket and tastefully luxurious decorated self-catering accommodation in Mount Moreland ... more

Rising Moon

Self Catering

Rising Moon

Situated in the idyllic Indian Ocean village of Umdloti, on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Rising Moon ... more

Sea Side Villa

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Sea Side Villa

A multi storey villa where you can enjoy the first two levels which have five bedrooms, three en-suites, two guest ... more

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