North-west Zululand – Ulundi Babanango Game Reserve and Zulu Rocks Safari
About the Birding
Babanango Game Reserve (Zulu Rock Safaris) is situated in the White Umfolozi Valley close to the impressive Nhlazatshe Mountain and contains a unique blend of bushveld, thornveld, grassveld and forest. The reserve straddles a mountain, the thornveld and grassveld occurring on the northern slopes and the forest patches on the boulder-strewn southern slopes. Bush clumps occur in between these two habitats. The reserve is privately owned, and birders are welcome.
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
The reserve is situated halfway between Vryheid and Melmoth on the R34 and the turn-off is well signposted.
Notable points of interest include the:
Zulu Rock Lodge: -28.1813, 31.0829
The nearest towns to Babanango Game Reserve are: