The Zululand birding route has been divided into three sub-routes:
North-east Zululand | North-west Zululand | Southern Zululand

Zululand overview

Zululand Birding Route is the first BirdLife South Africa avitourism project, it has been running for more than a decade focused on conserving our birds and their habitats by developing and promoting birding tourism (avitourism) in the Northern Kwazulu-Natal region; which is helping conserve birds in Zululand by giving them direct financial value and is able to carry out this role of socio economic development and conservation work in Zululand through generous sponsorship from many bodies.

To date the Zululand birding route has trained and mentored over 35 community bird guides for the route resulting in ten fulltime tourism/nature related jobs and eighteen SMME; marketed the area exhibiting in trade shows nationally and internationally, finalist for the Smithsonian Institute sustainable tourism awards in 2003 and made considerable progress developing birding infrastructure in the Northern Kwazulu-Natal region.

With more than 600 species recorded, the Zululand Birding Route is southern Africa's birding diversity hotspot! A network of 16 self-drive routes offers a range of great birding localities that will thrill the most seasoned birder. For convenience these are grouped into four regions – North East Zululand (Elephant Coast), North West Zululand , Southern Zululand and North Coast Route (Zulu Root).

World-famous birding venues provide forest, grassland, wetland, bushveld, mountains, estuarine, coastline and open ocean habitats, making this southern Africa's most diverse area for birding. 63 southern African endemic or near-endemic species are present, making this region a must on any birders' wish list.