North-west Zululand – Louwsberg iGwala gwala Nature Reserve
About the Birding
iGwala gwala Nature Reserve lies immediately outside Ithala Game Reserve and supports a wealth of biodiversity across a number of core habitat times from mixed woodland, riverine forest, cliffs, grassland and wetlands. Given the high habitat diversity, it is without surprise that the site has been recognised as a Natural Heritage Site.
About the Birding Site
North-west Zululand is one of the most varied of the birding routes in KwaZulu-Natal ranging in habitat from high altitude temperate grasslands in the west, to low lying subtropical thickets in the east including several large wetlands. Given this incredibly high habitat diversity, it is no surprise that the route also boasts an impressive checklist of birds including 58 of Southern Africa’s endemic and near-endemic species, many of which are confined to the extensive grasslands and wetlands.
Other Related Information
Travelling from Vryheid in the west, take the R69 to Louwsburg. Turn off at the Ithala/Louwsburg signs, about 67km east of Vryheid. Drive through the town, following the Ithala signs all the way, until the iGwala gwala sign appears while traveling round a sharp bend. The road is tarred up to the gate of the reserve.
Notable points of interest include the:
Main entrance: -27.5663, 31.2996
The nearest towns are: