North-west Zululand – Vryheid Blood River Vlei
About the Birding
Covering an area well in excess of 5 000 hectares, the Blood River Vlei is one of the largest inland wetlands in KwaZulu-Natal. The wetland is situated on the western boundary of Zululand and forms part of the Thukela River catchment, the largest river in the province. Virtually the entire wetland is on private land and birders must seek the assistance of a guide when visiting this site. Together with the surrounding grasslands and agricultural lands, the wetland supports in excess of 140 species of bird.
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
From Vryheid, drive out for about 15km towards Dundee (R33) and turn right at the sign “Scheepersnek”. Continue for about 6km, the wetland is on your left. For more detailed directions, please contact AP Keeve on cell: +27 (0)83 679 1763.
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