Bird Safari | Bird Watching

Enjoy a bird safari, cruise down the Hluhluwe River and Guided Walks through three different eco-systems. If you’re a casual birder, all you need is walking shoes and a dollop of enthusiasm while serious birders can look forward to unusual sightings.

There are few places where you can find 29 birds on the red data list and Bonamanzi Game Reserve has over 408 recorded bird species. The endangered sand forest area is home to very special birds like the Pink-throated Twinspot, Lemon-breasted Canary and Rudd’s Apalis.

Guides take you out on Boat Cruises down the Hluhluwe River while you drink in the scenery and idly watch the world go by. We also offer a Twilight boat trip ending with sundowners and snacks on the banks of the Hluhluwe river.

The bird safari is a wonderfully relaxed way of identifying birds like the African Fish Eagle, African Jacana, Spur-winged Goose, Grey Herons, Collared Sunbird and the vivid Malachite Kingfisher and there’s also a good chance of spotting Hippopotamus and Nile Crocodile.

More energetic but equally rewarding, is a guided walk out onto the St Lucia Floodplains where you can see different birding habitats, rare birds like the Rosy-throated Longclaw and a whole host of waterbirds like Greater Flamingo, African Spoonbill and Great White Pelican.

Some of the Birds you can expect to tick off your list during your stay at Bonamanzi:-

  • Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans
  • Black-winged Lapwing
  • Cape and African Yellow White-Eye
  • Gorgeous, Orange-breasted and Grey-headed Bushshrike
  • Three species of Longclaw – Yellow, Cape and Rosy-throated
  • Three Robin-Chats – Red-capped, White-throated and White-browed
  • Two Scrub-Robins – Eastern Bearded and White-browed
  • Nine Weavers species
  • Nine Flycatcher species
  • Ten Swallow species
  • African Pygmy-Goose
  • African Cuckoo Hawk
  • Collared Pratincole

Due to the drought in the area, the bird safari boat cruises are currently not operational.