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Birding on the Meander

 

Midlands Meander Birding Check ListThe Midlands Meander is a birder’s paradise, offering a rich variety of contexts to find birds – rolling grassland hills, richly species-diverse wetland and the pristine Karkloof mistbelt forest.

 

A major attraction for birders on the Meander is the Karkloof Conservation Centre, where there are two world-class waterside bird hides – not to mention the opportunity to see all three Crane species in one outing. The Midlands offers the opportunity to tick some of the rare birds off your list, and offers some of the most reliable sites for the White-Starred Robin, Cape Parrot and Blue Swallow. Wherever you choose to meander in the Meander, you’ll have an impressive list at the end of the day.

There are a number of accommodation establishments that are located in areas where there is an abundance of birdlife. Visitors are encouraged to book accommodation in these establishments for an added birding experience. There are also a large number of restaurants in the area that cater to the needs of every taste bud.

 


Midlands Meander 3 day Birding Experience:

Arrival: Arrive from JHB in the evening and check into an accommodation establishment in the Kamberg or Mooi River area:
-    Riverside Cottages (033 267 7245 - S29° 21' 71.0". . . E29° 42' 40.0")
-    Waterford Manor (073 260 7423 - S29° 17' 33.2". . . E29° 58' 50.1")

Day 1: Have an early breakfast at accommodation establishment and head up to Kamberg Resort for a day birding experience.  Do not forget your camera and your binoculars. At the end of the day, head to an accommodation establishment in the Nottingham Road/Balgowan area:
•    Lythwood Lodge (033 234 4666 - S29° 26' 45.3". . . E30° 03' 08.7")
•    Little Paradise Guest Farm (033 234 4192 - S29° 23' 01.4". . . E30° 04' 43.5")
•    Midlands Forest Lodge (072 125 3392 - S29° 23' 31.0". . . E30° 04' 54.0")

Day 2: Have an early breakfast at the accommodation establishment and drive to Karkloof Conservation Centre for a day trip.  You can take along a picnic basket for a braai while you are there.  Or you can get close and personal with the birdlife in the Karkloof treetops with a Karkloof Canopy Tour. At the end of the day check into an accommodation establishment in the Karkloof / Curry's Post area:

•    Rockwood Karkloof Lodges (031 502 4043 - S29° 18' 03.0". . . E30° 13' 40.0")
•    Brahman Hills (033 266 6965 - S29° 18' 56.8". . . E30° 03' 06.4")

Day 3: On today's agenda is Umngeni Valley Nature Reserve or Midmar Dam for birding.  You can take along picnic baskets and there are braai facilities available at both establishments.  Head to the next accommodation establishment to spend your last relaxing night in the majestic Midlands:
•    Tillietudlem Game and Trout Lodge (033 234 9045 - S29° 36' 53.4". . . E29° 56' 19.9")
•    Lemonwood Cottages (082 052 6072 - S29° 23' 10.1". . . E30° 03' 12.8")
•    Otters Den Self-catering (082 972 5537 - S29° 26' 25.7". . . E29° 56' 12.7")
•    Hawklee Country House (033 266 6209 - S29° 26' 32.6". . . E29° 56' 18.6")
•    St Ives Lodge & Restaurant (033 234 4490 - S29° 27' 24.6". . . E30° 08' 00.1")
•    Lions River Country Cottages (033 234 4543     - S29° 26' 04.1". . . E30° 08' 50.1")