Xumeni Forest

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Forests in or near Underberg, Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsXumeni Forest

Where? 2 km west of Donnybrook in the Underberg, KwaZulu Natal

Overnight? Stay in Underberg, in KwaZulu Natal

The mistbelt forest known as Gqumeni, or Xumeni Forest, is a patch of afromontane forest 2 km west of Donnybrook in the Underberg.

Gqumeni is exceptional not only for its beauty but also because it has withstood the plundering of yellowoods that is the fate of so many other forests in southern KZN. As a result it has survived the threat of invading exotics like pine and spruce.

The 380 hectare reserve is one of the largest forests in the area and it is also easily accessible, bisected by a contoured road that takes one right in amongst yellowwoods, huge white stinkwoods, and a sizeable collection of forest fruiters that attract frugivores like the Knysna turaco.

The star of the show at Gqumeni is the Cape parrot who uses the forest to roost. Cape parrots are seldom sighted and classified as rare. Head to the tallest trees that jut out above the canopy as these are favourite perches of the Cape parrot, although they usually let you know they are in the vicinity with their squawking.

Barratt's warblers too are easy to hear in the forest, but not always easy to spot. The orange ground thrush might just make an appearance for the odd photograph.

To spot the bush blackcap head to the car park. They have been known to respond to calls. But if it is Narina torgons, Knysna turacos and white-starred robins you are after, then head along the forest trail.

The good news is that even after a couple of days' rain Xumeni Forest's dirt roads are possible with an ordinary two-wheel drive, provided you do not mind mud on your car, or splashing through puddles.

Best time of day to visit Gqumeni is the early morning for the birds tend to leave once the mists lift. It is also a good time of day for sighting African goshawks above the tree canopy.

Gqumeni is a state forest and is best avoided during logging.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Underberg

Moya Cottage

Self Catering

Moya Cottage

Offering self catering accommodation, Moya Cottage is a cosy cottage situated in the peaceful Underberg village, in the ... more

Sunset Cottage Self Catering

Self Catering

Sunset Cottage Self Catering

Situated in the picturesque town of Underberg in the Drakensberg, Sunset Cottage offers semi self catering accommodation ... more

Little Wing Teepee Camp

Self Catering

Little Wing Teepee Camp

Little Wings Teepee Camp offers a unique holiday experience where you get the opportunity to sleep in a teepee for the ... more


Please let us know if anything on this page is outdated or contains inaccuracies. Click here to send us feedback if this is your attraction.

©Unauthorised use of the
photos is strictly prohibited.

SA-Venues.com has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.

SA-Venues.com © 1999-2017. All Rights Reserved. Find and book hotels and accommodation in South Africa. Sitemap