Lower Drakensburg Foothills – Springbrook Farm
About the Birding
Springbok Farm is a 1100 hectare dairy farm in the Highflats District. The property is dominated mainly by mistbelt grasslands though includes five dams that are surrounded by protected wetlands. The farm operates on zero till eco-friendly practices making the area an ideal haven for birds. Natural corridors are left between pastures and hay making, to encourage and support the local birdlife.
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 Pietermaritzburg, take R56 for 80 km towards Ixopo. Turn left onto R612 towards Umzinto. After 13.6km turn left into Rydal Station Road, follow dirt road for 700m take first road right (signed), follow this road for 1.2km down to the house.
Access and facilities:
Springbrook is accessible to day visitors by appointment. A nominal entrance fee is charged. Safe parking and toilet facilities are available at the main homestead.