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The Following Reports are available from Kwazulu Natal, South Africa :
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Birding tours of South Africa (Multi destination) Kwa-zulu Natal (this page)
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Meet us in Africa

Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, 14th to 27th January 2007

  • This report summarizes a visit to parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal ('KZN'), arranged by 'Meet Us in Africa', a business run by Carolyn and Derek McDonald. We had met Carolyn at the British Birdwatching Fair in 2005 and were impressed by her enthusiasm and her passion for her country and its flora and fauna....Rob Grimmond reports.

Kwa-Zulu Natal 17th February to 1st March 2008

  • Trip list summarising birds seen between Pondoland to Pongola, Kwa-Zulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal 15th August- 29th August 2003

  • I have compiled this trip report from first hand experience and it is as accurate as I could possibly make it. I have avoided mentioning all of the 347 species observed concentrating mainly on those of interest albeit for one reason or another, so some common species may only be mentioned in the species list at the end of this report....John Dempsey reports.

South Africa Nov-Dec.2002

  • Five of us spent two weeks in South Africa from Nov 24th - Dec 8th 2002 in the company of Glen Holland, a South African now living in New Zealand, and his son Kyle. Glen devised an itinerary that concentrated on the endemics found in KwaZulu Natal but also included three days in the Cape.  Our group trip total was exactly 450 species and we saw 47 mammal species, including the Big Five...Adrian Pitches reports

Zululand: 271 species in a day (2001)

  • I felt my head had hardly hit the pillow when the alarm went off at 1.00 am. It was Bid Birding Day in Zululand, South Africa, twitching at it's ultimate, where numerous teams compete to find the highest number of birds in 24 hours. Each team has sponsors with funds going to Birdlife South Africa..Glen Holland reports

Ndumo Reserve - Kwazulu-Natal Sept.2000

  • In the North of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa) there is a little reserve called Ndumo. It is just over 10,000ha small, but holds the most beautiful place just this side of Heaven. I have seen the Redwood forests of Oregon and California, the Grand Canyon in Arizona and even Chobe game reserve in Botswana, but I still rate this place right up there with the best...Louis Geyer reports

Kwazulu-Natal & Transvaal Oct 2000

  • A bright start to the day so expectations high following yesterday's disappointment.  Thanks to Patrick's intimate knowledge of the area, see Blue Korhaan followed by Botha's and Rudd's Larks on the famous 'lark fields'.  Eastern Long-billed Lark was easy at the famous 'Yellow-breasted Pipit site' though the pipits themselves were nowhere to be seen....Mike Hunter reports

KwaZulu-Natal July-August 1996

  • Between July 12th and August 4th 1996 we made a trip to Transvaal and Natal (now officially called KwaZulu-Natal) in South-Africa by car. Our main purpose was to see as many endemic bird species as possible and try to see and photograph some of the spectacular bigger mammals like Leopard, Cheetah and Rhinoceros. In the evening we tried to enjoy the better South-African wines! The birding proved to be very good...Jan van der Laan reports




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The Larger Illustrated Sasol Guide to Birds of Southern Africa
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  • This new edition of "Sasol Birds" is larger in both size and extent; a new section deals with the identification of "problem species", or those which are difficult to tell apart. Intended for use in the field, the text is pitched at a level to appeal to beginners, although the detail suggests it may also be of interest to more serious and professional birdwatchers. Distribution information is shown by means of a colour map, and the whole book is colour-coded according to the different bird groups. Probably the best of the current guides.

Southern African Wildlife
Mike Unwin: Buy from or

  • The ideal companion for the wildlife visitor to Southern Africa with good coverage of all the main animal and bird groups and excellent photography throughout. The chapter "Making the most of it" gives invaluable practical advice for the first time visitor with hints on travel, health, accommodation and where to go.

The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
Jonathan Kingdon: Buy from or

  • Superb, concise and compact enough to use in the field. All the mammals you are ever likely to encounter on a trip to africa. For anyone with an interest in African mammals, there really is no substitute. More than 700 illustrations by the authoritive and acclaimed Jonathon Kingdon.

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara: A Comprehensive Illustrated Field Guide
Ian Sainclair, Peter Ryan: Buy from or

  • This book is the first time ever that a field guide is aiming for the whole region - from 20 deg N up to 200 nautical miles off the continent shores (including Socotra but not Madagascar, Seychelles and other Indian and Atlantic Ocean Islands).

Lonely Planet Watching Wildlife : Southern Africa
Luke Hunter, Susan Rhind: Buy from or

  • This guide covers more than 100 top bird and wildlife-watching destinations, in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia, from capital city day trips to dozens of national parks. Each destination has a map to the best sites and detailed itineraries. The 100 page wildlife gallery (mainly birds and mammals) is a delight to read and for each group of species there is a "hotspots" caption picking out the key sites...recommended, especially as a pre-trip planner.

Sasol Birding Map of Southern Africa
Ian Sinclair, Trevor Hardaker: Buy from

  • Featuring over 200 of the top birding sites, this easy-to-use, illustrated map acts as a guide to watching birds in southern Africa. Details of each birding site are featured, including descriptions of habitat, and the type of bird to be found there.

Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa
Ian Sinclair: Buy from or

  • This text uses colour photographs to identify more than 900 species of birds known to occur from Antarctica to the Zambezi River. The book is divided into more than 150 plates, each grouping similar birds which are often difficult to distinguish in the field. Comparative descriptions are given, drawing attention to those diagnostic or distinctive characters that make field identification easy. For each species the scientific and English and Africaans common names, length, habitat and call is given. Relative abundance within the region is indicated and whether the species is endemic or not, while maps show where the birds are likely to be found.

Where to Watch Birds in Africa
Nigel Wheatley: Buy from or

  • One of a series of guides devoted to birdwatching, this book contains site accounts, plans, maps, lists of birds in the regions and advice on planning bird-watching trips. It deals with over 200 sites in detail, and mentions many others. Each country is covered alphabetically, including archipelagos and isolated islands off the African mainland, for example, the Azores. Bird lists are included under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities", "Others" and also "Other Wildlife", if relevant. Access details are given, often with detailed site maps. The emphasis of the book is "bird finding", that is, where to go for the "best" species

Birds of Africa
Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart: Buy from or

  • A comprehensive account of the birds of Africa. The text covers all the avifaunal families that occur in Africa, discusses the species that occur within each family, and provides representative examples of each family in depth. Also included is a general introduction to the major avifaunal regions of Africa.

Birds and Beasts - Africa
Bryan Hanlon (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • A gallery of African wildlife, studied, sketched and painted by Hanlon in their natural settings. Each of his major paintings is reproduced in colour with the initial working sketches alongside

Travel Guides for South Africa:

Lonely Planet: South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland
Simon Richmond, et al: Buy from or

  • A stunningly fact filled book about South Africa. Whilst primarily a tourist guide, bird watching opportunities and details of National Parks and reserves are well featured. (Over a hundred reserves are covered in varying detail.) The Kruger has a chapter to itself, there are details of how to see South Africa's only Penguin colonies, Ndumo sounds like a magical experience for the it!

Lonely Planet : Cape Town
Jon Murray: Buy from or

  • No fewer than sixteen National Parks, Nature reserves and Forest Parks are described in the immediate vicinity of Cape Town. Add that to a two page section on where to go birding near Cape Town and we have a truly useful travel guide for the visiting birder. Culture, history, fine walks and the wine trail, its all in here. A must for the visitor spending any time in the Cape.

Globetrotter Travel Atlas of South Africa: 1998
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  • Catering for the needs of tourists and visitors, this travel atlas covers places of interest, scenic routes, national parks and key sites in South Africa. The town and city plans of the major centres pinpoint key buildings and places of interest as well as where to stay. Distance and climate charts enable travellers to plan their visits, while photographs reflect the atmosphere of the country.


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