Lower Drakensburg Foothills – Korongo Valley Guest Farm
About the Birding
Named after the Grey Crowned Crane – ‘Korongo’ is Swahili for Crowned Crane – this is one of the premier sites in South Africa to see the critically endangered remnant population of Blue Swallows and happens to be the site of the first ever man-made Blue Swallow nesting site in KwaZulu-Natal. Holes matching the natural sink holes used by the birds were dug in 1992 and, in 1994, a pair of Blue Swallows occupied one of these artificial nesting sites.
About the Birding Site
The Lower Drakensberg Foothills Birding Route lies inland and to the south-west of the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route and is easily accessible from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the two nearest points of entry. The source of this route is found in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site at the majestic Sani Pass where birders get the unique opportunity to view birds in a rugged and stunningly beautiful environment, consisting of five different habitats and ranging in height from 1600m to 3200m.
Other Related Information
From Ixopo take the R56 heading towards Kokstad. 4.7km from the Ixopo crossroads turn right at the top of the hill onto a dirt road. Continue over the “Paton’s Country Railway line” for another 1/2km. Turn right again at the Korongo Valley sign board and continue for a further 1km until you reach the farm.
Notable points of interest include the:
Korongo Valley Guest Farm: -30.1810, 30.0448