North-east Zululand – Mkhuze Phinda Resources Park
About the Birding
Phinda Resource Reserve is a private game reserve, blanketing an immense area of 14 000 hectares and bordering Mkhuze Game Reserve to the west and the iSimangaliso Wetland Reserve to the east. The main attraction within Phinda Resources Reserve is the varied habitat diversity, including seven distinct ecosystems, providing ample area to explore in search of a high diversity of interesting mammals and birds. The reserve is without question one of South Africa’s top Big 5 reserves but supports well in excess of 350 bird species.
About the Birding Site
The Mkhuze area, situated just inland from iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, is world-renowned as a mecca for birders laying at the ecotone between two distinct climatic zones and supporting a high diversity of habitats. Habitats in the region include cliffs, rocky ridges and scarp forests on the eastern slopes of the Lebombo mountains, through to acacia savannah, mixed woodlands and grasslands surrounding Lower Mkhuze. Numerous large pans are also scattered throughout the region and, although water-levels vary from year to year, are widely regarded as the most important waterbird breeding sites anywhere in South Africa.
Other Related Information
To Phinda Mountain Lodge, Rock Lodge and Zuka Lodge: Approximately 40km south of Mkuze on the N2, take the sign posted “Phinda” off-ramp. At the top of the fly-off, turn to the left and continue until you reach a T-junction. Turn to the left and follow this gravel road for approximately 4km until you reach a railway line. Cross the railway line and turn immediately to the right. Ahead is the entrance gate to the Munyawana Private Game Reserve. Please consult the security personnel for directions to your lodge from there.