South Coast – Weza-Ngele Forest
About the Birding
Weza-Ngele Forest is one of the largest and most accessible tracts of Afromontane mistblet forests in all of KwaZulu-Natal. The forest is located roughly 80Km inland from the coast and ranges in altitude between 1250m and 1550m above sea level. It is traversable by a network of trails that cover a large part of the forest, along which it is possible to see all of the main special species including the Cape Parrot, Orange Ground Thrush and Bush Blackcap.
About the Birding Site
The South Coast Birding Route in KwaZulu-Natal – spanning from Durban to the southern provincial border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape – comprises a variety of rich sub-tropical habitats ranging from coastal and inland wetlands to extensive grasslands, woodlands and forests. The forest birding to be had in this region is arguably some of the best anywhere in South Africa, featuring an interesting community of birds that is intermediate between the rich afromontane and coastal forests.
Other Related Information
The forest is situated between the towns of Harding and Kokstad, and North of the small forestry town of Weza. From Durban follow the N2 freeway down the coast to Port Shepstone and then inland to Harding. About 28km after Harding, the Ingeli Forest Lodge is visible on the left-hand side of the road. Immediately after this, the N2 goes directly through a large part of the forest. It is best to park at the Ingeli Forest Lodge parking area to gain access to the forest.