Southern KZN Birding Route
About Us The Southern KZN Birding Route is a project that seeks to build on the success of the Zululand Birding Route in terms of creating sustainable livelihoods and providing a platform and incentive for positive conservation action.
Birders drawn to the famed ornithological bounty of KwaZulu-Natal have a new route that showcases not only the startling diversity of the province’s birdlife, but also its range of habitats and its hospitality.The Southern KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route route takes visitors from the golden beaches and dense, lush forests of North and South coasts through the beautiful Lowveld and up to the spectacular heights of the Drakensberg Mountains. These scenic backdrops alone lure travellers into memorable road trips, but a bird list of 500 species including many rare and endemic species such as Blue Swallow, Cape Parrot, Drakensberg Rock-jumper, Eurasian Bittern, all three of Southern Africa’s Crane species and Bearded Vulture make these unforgettable outings for birders.
The route comprises stakeholders from across the southern half of the province and is subdivided into 5 regions: ‘Zulu Roots’ area, from Zinkwazi to Durban; Ethekweni Area, covering the greater Durban area; Midlands region; Sisonke region; and South Coast region.
Other birding route initiatives in South Africa have proven to be highly successful in providing direct economic benefits from avitourism. The Zululand Birding Route has also been responsible for the training of over 35 local bird guides, 19 of which are operational guides, earning their living from taking tourists birding. The support structures established to provide clientele to these guides in the form of birding routes and BirdLife Travel have proven themselves to be successful.
Within KwaZulu-Natal the majority of birders using the Zululand Birding Route include Southern KwaZulu Natal on their itineraries due to the high number of rare, localised and endemic species in the area, something which compliments the Zululand Birding Route’s diversity very well.