Southern Zululand – Melmoth Weni Farm
About the Birding
Weni Farm is a large private farm, situated off the D256 to the north of Eshowe in the direction of Melmoth. Given that this is private property, birders must attain permission from the owners (see below) before venturing further than the main access road. For birders, numerous grassland and riverine species can be seen.
About the Birding Site
Southern Zululand is perhaps the premier forest birding route in all of KwaZulu-Natal, home to a rich diversity of species in a mix of different habitats. Starting on the warm coast of Zululand, between Mtunzini and Richard’s Bay, the route offers many estuarine swamp forests supporting impressive numbers of threatened species including the Mangrove Kingfisher and Black-throated Wattle-eye. Coastal forests here are equally rich in species and are perhaps the best areas anywhere in South Africa to search for the Spotted Ground Thrush (mainly a winter visitor) and Palm-nut Vulture.
Other Related Information
From Melmoth, proceed along the R66 in the Eshowe direction for approximately 6km and turn left onto the D256 road. Continue along this gravel road for 6km, then turn left into Weni Farm.
Notable points of interest include the:
Entrance to Weni Farm: -28.5743, 31.4570
The nearest towns to Weni Farm are: