The Isimangaliso Wetland Park offers birders some of Zululand's best birdwatching. With over 420 Species recorded in the area, one can be assured of some great birding in one of South Africa's most bio-diverse areas. One of the great things about birding around Isimangaliso Wetland Park is the series of amazing new bird hides and boardwalks.
The variety of bushveld and woodland birding found in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, combined with the natural wonders of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park system and it's central position to the rest of the Zululand Birding Route make this an excellent area for some excellent bushveld birdwatching, the birding attractions include Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve and western shores reserves. Nibela Lake Lodge also falls under this route and a must visit for any birdwatching trip in Zululand.
The Mkhuze (Mkuzi or Mkuze) area is a place of great beauty and high contrasts. World-renowned as a mecca for birdwatching (more than 400 bird species have been recorded here) the junction of the moderate and tropical climate zones creates a habitat suitable for an extraordinary variety of plants and animals. The Mkhuze area is renowned for a variety of localised birds including Pink-throated Twinspot, Eastern Nicators, Pels Fishing Owls and Neergaard's Sunbird.
Situated between St. Lucia in the south and Kosi Bay in the north, the Sodwana route encompasses a wide range of birding habitas. From the Sand Forest and thornveld of Phinda to the lush, subtropical forests of Lake Sibaya; from the wetlands of Muzi to the palm savannah of Ozabeni, this region has a large number of Zululand birdwatching specials on offer.
Tongaland is the name of the north-eastern corner of Zululand, some of the best birding and includes areas such as Kosi Bay and Ndumo Game Reserve, some of the most diverse bird watching areas of KwaZulu-Natal. Flanked by the Lebombo Mountains on the west, the Indian Ocean on the east and the Mozambique border in the north. Most of the region is drained by the Phongolo and Mkhuze Rivers