Ongoye Forest Birding Camp
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Gate opening and closing time: 06h00 - 18h00
Local guides are available at R250 for 5 hours and R350 for 8 hours. Guides take a maximum of 6 people per tour.
Roads to Ongoye Forest are constantly being upgraded. The eastern entrance is the more popular with birders and takes one into the heart of the forest. Drive on the R102 from Road Island Service Station outside Mtunzini towards Empangeni for 11,6 kms. Turn left into the D525 and follow this road for 4,5 kms before turning right into D1554. Continue on this gravel road for 4,4 kms and just after passing Manzamnyama School (on the left) turn right into the Ongoye forest road. For the next 2 kms difficult sections of the track have been concreted. At the top of the hill there is a track road to the right leading to the Ranger's office where all visitors must report before proceeding with their visit to the forest.
The western access is by tarred road on the P240 from Obanjeni (about 6kms from Mtunzini on the R102) and gives visitors easy access to pockets of the forest and the western grasslands.
Lat: 28° 52' 60S
Lon: 31° 43' 60E
Best time to visit
Any time of year.
Where to stay
There are no visitor facilities at Ongoye so people wishing to camp must be fully self contained. There is limited accommodation available at the Ongoye Forest Birders Camp but the surrounding area boasts a variety of lodges and B&Bs.
How to get around
Guided hiking or 4x4 tours are the best way to get around the Ongoye Forest.
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