Lowveld – Halls Gateway
About the Birding
As you enter the complex check the tall Fever Trees (Acacia xanthophloea) next to the fuel station. Village Weavers breed in these trees every summer, starting in early September. Later they are joined by some Lesser Masked Weavers and they breed side by side. Naturally the breeding activity is a drawcard for Diederik Cuckoos which give themselves away with plaintive high-pitched notes, making them easy to spot. Also check the roof of the fuel station for perched Wire-tailed Swallows, which sometimes breed here. Familiar Chat, Mocking Cliff Chat and Cut-throat Finch are often seen here as well.
About the Birding Site
This could be done as a walk or drive, but walking is recommended as you will see far more birds, especially if you do this walk during summer. Early morning is best and as we are starting at Hall’s Farm Stall, just west of Mbombela, this excursion is ideal to finish with a relaxing open-air breakfast in the Fever Tree Nursery section of the cafeteria.
Other Related Information
There is no entry fee charged to bird this area and as mentioned the Fever Tree nursery is a excellent pace for a meal and offers a safe place to park your car.
The Halls gateway is located on the N4, just as your leave Nelspruit heading in the Johannesburg Direction.
GPS: -25.458, 30.935
Halls Farm Stall
Tel: +27 (0)13 752 2142
Text prepared by:
Extracted from Birds of Mbombela – A Comparative Study by Duncan McKenzie and Peter Lawson. Published by BirdLife Lowveld (2019).