The Southern KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route takes you from the golden beaches and lush forests of South Africa's North and South Coastlines through the beautiful Lowveld and up to the spectacular heights of the Drakensberg Mountains. The variety of habitat and a bird list in excess of 550 species including many rare and endemic species such as Blue Swallow, Cape Parrot, Drakensberg Rock-jumper, Eurasian Bittern, all three Southern African Crane Species, Bearded Vulture and more make this Birding Route an unforgettable South African journey for any birding enthusiast.
The corner stone of the route is the fact that it involves a broad range of stakeholders through avitourism in an effort to create a sustainable economy and a community wide appreciation of our precious natural heritage.
Apart from fantastic birding, the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal offers visitors a variety of complementary ecotourism activities. From game viewing to tours and hikes through the mighty Drakensberg Massif the options are endless! This enables us to offer local and foreign birders an enriched South African birding experience. We are also able to offer the services of trained guides and have an excellent tour operation and network of Birder Friendly Establishments to ensure that all your needs are attended to.
The Southern KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route is a project of BirdLife South Africa's Avitourism Division and our primary partner on this project is the SappiWWF TreeRoutes Partnership. The SappiWWF TreeRoutes Partnership is putting the establishment of community-based eco-tourism projects on the map. This contribution will significantly assist in the conservation of threatened wetlands and forests in South Africa .
BirdLife South Africa is the country partner of BirdLife International, a coalition of NGO's represented in over 100 countries with close to 10 million supporters focused on the conservation of birds and their habitats.