Lowveld – Sterkspruit Road
About the Birding
Navigate to -25.275,30.534 (gravel road signed R957 Cairn). Zero your odometer at the turn-off. You can start listing birds a short distance from the R37 when you reach the first patch of grassland, 700m down the road on the righthand side. Look out for Common Waxbill, Pin-tailed Whydah, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Zitting Cisticola and specials such as small flocks of White-winged Widowbird and Fan-tailed Widowbird. Brimstone Canary regularly forages along the roadside. Other birds found here include Golden- breasted Bunting, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Helmeted Guineafowl.
About the Birding Site
This could be done as a combination of walking and driving and it is recommended to stop the car and walk a bit and listen as one will see and hear more birds. Early morning is best. This bird-rich area lies along the quiet gravel road that runs parallel to the northern bank of the Crocodile River, northwest of the city centre. This road travels due west and passes through a number of different habitats, attracting a good variety of bird species. Drive slowly and make frequent stops for the best results.
Other Related Information
There is no entry fee charged to bird this area. Drive towards White River from Mbombela on the R40 and turn left at Riverside Park on the R37 towards Lydenburg/Mashishing. Take the third exit at the first traffic circle, and drive straight through the next one, heading north towards Lydenburg. Continue past the offramp onto the N4 and turn left on the gravel road signed R957 Cairn.
GPS: -25.434125, 30.949516
Text prepared by:
Extracted from Birds of Mbombela – A Comparative Study by Duncan McKenzie and Peter Lawson. Published by BirdLife Lowveld (2019).