The Hluhluwe area with it’s variety of habitat, game reserve’s, forests and lake’s offers the birdwatcher an opportunity to see a variety of birds during a stay over at Hluhluwe River Lodge. The best time for birding is the summer period from October to end March. The winter months from April through September are also an excellent time for birding, windless and warm days with no humidity are ideal for walking and exploring trails in the area.
Around the Lodge itself there are many birds to be seen and the ‘ Red Duiker Trail’ on the lodge conservancy offers some excellent bird sightings. This is a 2 km walk through Sand Forest, grassland and palid sand veld, other than bird’s there is a very good chance of encountering some of the majestic Nyala bull’s and pretty female Nyala antelope that roam this peaceful forest environment. Impala, Red Duiker and the rare Suni are also encountered regularly on the trail.
Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park with its mountainous landscape, rivers and streams is not only a famous game viewing location but also offers wonderful birding opportunities. False Bay Park is just a short drive away from Hluhluwe River lodge and straddles the western shore of lake St Lucia and offers forest birding as well as excellent waterbird encounters on it’s 22km long shoreline. See the ‘Walking Trails’ tab for details. Other suggested birding day trips are ; Mkuze Game Reserve, Eastern Shores Coastal Reserve ( St Lucia village ) and Charters Creek which are all within a 1 hour drive from Hluhluwe.
The best birding is done on foot and therefore it is recommended that the bird watching visitor bring comfortable walking shoes, a knapsack for bird books and a water bottle. Specialist bird guides can be pre arranged provided sufficient notice is given by guests.