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About Witness the Mount Moreland Swallows

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

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

WhenBest from early November until mid-April.

How muchDonations appreciated

Telephone+27 (0)31 568-1671

OvernightThe closest town is Mount Moreland, in KwaZulu Natal

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