About Durban and Surrounds Birding Route

The Durban and Surrounds Birding Route is a sub-section of the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route, which boasts not only all three of the country's crane species (blue, grey crowned, and wattled) but also includes the rare blue swallow, the crowned eagle, bearded vulture, mangrove kingfisher and the southern bald ibis. And a lot more besides.

Did you know? The major harbour city of Durban offers some wonderful birding spots, especially for those who cannot travel, with a species list of over 400.

It is one of two major birding routes of the province. The other is the Zululand Birding Route.

The Southern KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route is extensive, incorporating beaches, forests, the Lowveld and the Drakensberg Mountains - a terrain of such extensive variety that it is not surprising to learn that it holds in excess of 550 bird species.

Which is why the route is subdivided into five shorter routes, making it easier for bird lovers to follow and to easily divide up to suit itineraries.

Highlights include

• Tala Game Ranch in the Tala Valley includes dams, a river, mixed woodland and grassland and a wide variety of birds that include Wahlberg's eagle, and grey crowned crane

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve in Kloof with its deep gorges, open grassland and sheer cliff faces - birdlife is abundant

• Beachwood mangroves on the seaward side of the M4 have several short walks through the system; one of the easiest places to see the square-tailed nightjar

Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve - 10 hectares of all that remains of the once extensive Stella Bush; Delegorgue's pigeon is no more but you can see plenty of robins and migrants from the mistbelt forests.

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WhereDurban and Surrounds Birding Route, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours

OvernightStay in Durban North Accommodation, KwaZulu Natal

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