Southern Zululand – Richard’s Bay Empangeni Grass for Africa and Dekker’s Dam
About the Birding
Empangeni – Grass for Africa and Dekker’s Dam are both within close proximity of one another and offer rather unique birding opportunities on the immediate outskirts of Richard’s Bay. Dekker’s Dam consists of open water, surrounded by dense reedbeds and a few areas of shallow flooded grassland. Grass for Africa is a commercial grass farm that has gained appreciation among birders for rarities.
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
Head out of Empangeni on the R34 towards Nkwaleni / Melmoth. Just outside Empangeni is the Turnoff to TICOR, zero your trip meter here.
At about 2.6 km take a small turnoff to your right, cross the railway line and follow thus road to get to the Grass For Africa/SuperTurf farm.
To access Dekker’s Dam – once back on the R34 continue west for another 1.9km (5.2 km from Ticor) and take another small right-hand turn, cross the railway and follow this road for about 500m till you see a large wetland on your left …