North-west Zululand – Louwsberg Ngome Forest
About the Birding
Ngome Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the mid-altitude mistbelt grasslands and contains a unique assemblage of coastal and upland bird species. The Ntendeka Cliff, after which this declared Wilderness Area is named, towers above lush forests featuring many cascading waterfalls. The valley bottom is split between lush forests and tea estates, interspersed with patches of thornveld and low altitude grassland.
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, take the R69 towards Louwsburg. Turn right on the R618 at the sign “Nongoma”, 20km outside Vryheid. Continue with this road for about 50km and turn right at the sign “Ntendeka Wilderness Area”. Visitors must obtain a permit from the office.