Zulu Rock Safaris

Zulu Rock Safaris is situated in the White Umfolozi Valley close to the impressive Nhlazatshe Mountain and contains a unique blend of bushveld, thornveld, grassveld and forest. The reserve straddles a mountain, the thornveld and grassveld occurring on the northern slopes and the forest patches on the boulder-strewn southern slopes. Bush clumps occur in between these two habitats. The reserve is privately owned, and birders are welcome.

Zulu Rock is an important area for birds, especially raptors. Secretarybird, Brown Snake-Eagle, Tawny, African Hawk, African Crowned, Verreaux’s, Wahlberg’s, African Fish and Martial Eagles all breed in the vicinity and are regularly recorded. African White-backed Vultures are often seen “surfing” thermals, and are sometimes joined by Lappet-faced and Cape Vultures. Smaller raptors include the endemic Jackal Buzzard, African Goshawk and Common Kestrel.

Coqui, Crested, Shelley’s, Natal and Swainson’s Francolins are present; listen for their calls during the summer months.

Grassland species recorded include Southern Bald Ibis, Southern Ground Hornbill, Blue Crane, Small Buttonquail, Black-bellied Korhaan, Spotted Thick-knee, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Wing-snapping Cisticola.

The thornveld and bushveld birds contain some colourful species such as Gorgeous, Orange-breasted and Grey-headed Bush-Shrikes, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Violet-backed Starling, Green-winged Pytilia, White-fronted Bee-eater, African Firefinch and Yellow-breasted Apalis. Other noteworthy species include Arrow-marked Babbler, Grey Go-away-bird and Pale Flycatcher.

Forest birds recorded at Zulu Rock include Purple-crested Turaco, Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Green Pigeon, Pygmy Kingfisher, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Red-capped and White-throated Robin-Chats, Trumpeter and Crowned Hornbills and the elusive Narina Trogon.

Birds typical of rocky areas include Striped Pipit, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, Buff-streaked Chat, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Bokmakierie and Malachite Sunbird.

Directions

The reserve is situated halfway between Vryheid and Melmoth on the R34 and the turn-off is well signposted.

Additional Information

Accommodation available in the reserve.