Dust off those binoculars and cast your eyes skyward! Birding in the Central Drakensberg is a huge drawcard with over 500 species of birds recorded. It is one of the most popular outdoor activities for visitors.

There is an abundance of birdlife in the Drakensberg mountains, mostly due to diverse habitats. It is one of the richest birding regions of South Africa with many species endemic to the Drakensberg. From the tiny thrushes to the majestic raptors, birding in the Central Drakensberg is a bird lovers haven. With hundreds of other rare and even endangered unique birds, you are in for a real treat.

Activities focused on birding in the Central Drakensberg

Falcon Ridge is a Bird of Prey Centre in the Champagne Valley, located on the R600, Cathkin Park. The Centre offers visitors an insight into falconry with informative shows that are well worth a visit. Furthermore, Falcon Ridge includes large birds rehabilitated from injury, and provides an excellent opportunity to see these magnificent birds in action.

The Vulture Restaurant is a supplemental feeding site which is used to provide vultures with reliable, non-contaminated food sources. Located in Giants Castle, this is a prime location to see vultures feed and to observe them from the viewing hide. Reservations are required in advance through Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Central Reservations.

Hlatikulu Crane Sanctuary is located at Hlatikulu Vlei, Giant’s Castle. It is a rescue, rehabilitation and captive breeding facility for blue crane, wattled crane and grey crowned crane. The offer Interpretive walks by Sanctuary Staff and these are by appointment only. Please contact 033 263 2441 or 082 804 9270 to make an appointment.

The Nest Hotel also has an abundance of birdlife. Our gardens are a haven of activity and a variety of bird species are attracted to our indigenous garden. Take a walk along the river, or sit quietly and enjoy a rewarding experience of these fascinating creatures.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your binoculars, pack your camera and head to the mountains. Come and enjoy birding in the Central Drakensberg!

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