Lowveld – Mbombela Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Entering from the Impala Street gate, spend some time sitting on one of the benches and listen for Lemon Dove. This is one of the few places in Mbombela where it can be found. Other forest specials found near the gate include Green Twinspot, Terrestrial Brownbul, African Firefinch, Olive Bush-shrike, African Wood Owl, Collared Sunbird, Ashy Flycatcher, Purple-crested Turaco, Tambourine Dove, Cape Batis, Marsh Warbler, Red-chested Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Lesser Honeyguide, Olive Woodpecker and Buff- spotted Flufftail. A number of local rarities have been recorded in the Reserve over the years including Narina Trogon, Chorister Robin-chat, Swee Waxbill, Grey Tit-Flycatcher, African Cuckoo Hawk and Garden Warbler. Look out for raptors overhead such as African Goshawk, Little Sparrowhawk and Black Sparrowhawk.
About the Birding Site
The Mbombela Nature Reserve is a prime birdwatching spot situated in the centre of the city. The Reserve supports a diversity of habitats including riverine forest and thicket, woodland, rocky outcrops and wetland areas. There are a number of walking trails available, which are best accessed from the Trim Park parking area off Andries Pretorius Street in the north or from Impala Street in the south. Due to the unfenced nature and open access of the reserve safety has become an issue, especially from the Trim Park (north) access, and we do recommend birding in groups or concentrating on the Impala Street side. Please if in a small group access the reserve from Impala Street.
Other Related Information
There is no entry fee charged to bird this area. Access the gardens off of Impala street, a small suburb of Nelspruit.
GPS: -25.492, 30.984
Text prepared by:
Extracted from Birds of Mbombela – A Comparative Study by Duncan McKenzie and Peter Lawson. Published by BirdLife Lowveld (2019).