North-west Zululand – Vryheid Klipfontein Bird Sanctuary
About the Birding
Situated below Vryheid’s sewerage treatment plant, the Klipfontein Bird Sanctuary comprises a large artificial wetland. The wetland was originally created to filter treated water before it entered the White Umfolozi River. The site is now thriving and supports many local important species. Klipfontein Dam is situated adjacent to the bird sanctuary and, together, these sites are known to support around 200 species.
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
To reach the bird sanctuary, leave Vryheid on the road to Babanango (West Street) and proceed straight past the airfield. At the intersection, continue over the road and onto a gravel track. Proceed for another 50m before turning left onto a road that meets the wetland. Park here and visit both hides.