Mkuze Game Reserve
Mkuze Game Reserve is definitely among the top ten birding spots in Southern Africa. It boasts a list of over 450 species, a wide range of habitats, and relatively easy access to most areas. A two to five day stay is recommended. Lists of over 100 species are usual and over 200 for longer visits in summer.
1). The sand forest around Kubube and Kumasinga hides supports Crested Guineafowl, African Broadbill, Eastern Nicator, Rudd's Apalis, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Neergaard's Sunbird and Pink-throated Twinspot. (1 hr)
2). Nsumo Pan has a number of hides and a pleasant picnic site where you can watch hippos. Birds include Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-billed Stork, Goliath Heron, African Pygmy-Goose, Lesser Jacana, Whiskered Tern and occasionally, Pel's Fishing-Owl. (Allow 2 hrs from camp)
3). The Fig Forest walk (escorted) is best in the early morning, and birds include Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, Green Malkoha, Broad-billed Roller (summer), White-eared Barbet, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher and Green Twinspot. (2+ hrs walking + 1hr travelling).
5). Night drives yield a variety of owls, nightjars, plovers, coursers and nocturnal animals. (3 hrs)
There are a number of guided trails through various habitats, including ;
7) Good birding at Nhlonhlela Pan (3Hrs),
Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Distance and Time from Gate to Camp: 9 kms and 20 minutes
Camp Telephone Number: +27 35 5739004 / 573 9001 or cell +27
82 799 1491
The nearest town which has a full range of services is Mkuze which is 27 kms away.
How to get there:
Guy Gibbon 2002.
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