Situated between St. Lucia in the south and Kosi Bay in the north, the Sodwana route encompasses a wide range of habitas. From the Sand Forest and thornveld of Phinda to the lush, subtropical forests of Lake Sibaya; from the wetlands of Muzi to the palm savannah of Ozabeni, this region has a large number of Zululand specials on offer.
The Muzi Swamps area is a birders’ paradise, with large numbers of waterbirds. It is here that many, herons, waders and ducks are recorded.
Ozabeni’s Palm Savannah offers some exciting birding in unusual habitat.
Mbazwana and Sibaya offer coastal forest and grassland birding, and Sibaya has the addition of having open water, being South Africa’s largest freshwater lake.
Specials recorded in the Sodwana Route include East Coast endemics such as Neergard’s Sunbird, Rudd’s Apalis, Pink-throated Twinspot and Lemon-breasted Canary. Also found are African Broadbill, Swamp Nightjar, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Collared Pratincole, Black Coucal and Saddle-billed Stork.