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Birding in the Drakensberg Mountains

Birding in the Drakensberg MountainsBirding in the Drakensberg Mountains
Birding in the Drakensberg MountainsBirding in the Drakensberg Mountains

Birding in the Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg birding and bird watching is one of the most popular outdoor activity for visitors. The Drakensberg Mountains and Kwazulu Natal Midlands are some of the richest birding regions of South Africa. This is mainly because of the diversity of habitats. The Drakensberg and Kwazulu Natal Midlands is home to over 500 species of birds. Many of these are endemic to the Drakensberg and Kwazulu Natal Midlands. 

Top Drakensberg birding attractions

  • The magnificent mountain region and escarpment is the habitat to over 350 species of bird life. High-altitude alpine sites, steep grassy slopes, forested rivers and more provide sanctuary to majestic raptors, tiny thrushes, pipits and hundreds of other rare and even endangered unique birds. 
  • An increasing number of proficient local guides can assist in finding them, providing the rewarding experience of tracking down some of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures. 
  • The Hlatikulu Crane sanctuary with its rehabilitation program is the perfect location to spend some time in these wetlands. In fact all 3 varieties of crane can be seen here. 
  • The Midlands Birding Route starts in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site and meanders its way down from the sand stone cliffs, basalt precipices and buttresses, through the foothills of the Drakensberg and into the picturesque rolling hillsides of the Natal Midlands. 
  • Falcon Ridge is a bird of prey center in the Champagne Valley that includes large birds rehabilitated from injury, and provides an excellent opportunity to see these magnificent sky warriors in action.
  • Highmoor has the largest colony of breeding Bald Ibis in the Drakensberg. 
  • And then there are the vulture hides at Giants Castle where there are regular sightings of cape vultures and bearded vultures offering a very special Drakensberg birding experience.

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Birding in the Drakensberg Mountains