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Antbear Guest House is rated as the TOP Drakensberg accommodation. Superb food, comfortable and artisticly styled this boutique hotel is perfectly positioned to experience all that the Drakensberg has to offer.


Northern Drakensberg
- Royal Natal
- Cathedral Peak
- Bergville
- Ladysmith
- Oliviershoek
- Van Reenen

Central Drakensberg
- Monks Cowl
- Champagne Valley
- Injasuti
- Giants Castle
- Highmoor
- Kamberg
- Winterton
- Estcourt
- Mooi River
- Weenen

Southern Drakensberg
- Lotheni
- Vergelegen
- Sani Pass
- Cobham
- Bushmans Nek
- Drakensberg Gardens
- Underberg
- Himeville

Natal Midlands
- Rosetta
- Nottingham Road
- Balgowan
- Howick
- Lidgetton
- Currys Post
- Karkloof
- Lions River
- Fort Nottingham
- Hilton
- Dargle

Drakensberg Attractions
- Bushman Rock Art
- Hiking Trails
- Hot air ballooning
- Horse trails
- Helicopter & Microlight flights
- Restaurants
- Arts & Crafts
- Drakensberg Boys Choir
- Canopy Tours
- Midlands Meander
- Fly Fishing
- Game Viewing
- Golf
- White Water rafting
- Birding
- Quad Biking
- 4x4 Offroad trails
- Battlefield Tours
- Wine Tasting
- Museums
- Bicycle tours
- Abseiling
- Wellness & Spas



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Birding - Natal Midlands and Drakensberg

Birding in the Natal Midlands

Birding in the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands is a wonderful opportunity not only to see the birds of the Drakensberg and Midlands regions but to also enjoy the beauty the regions have to offer.

Birding Directory

  • Lammergeyer Hide at Giants Castle which is ideal for photographing the Bearded Vulture and outher bids of prey
  • Falcon Ridge - Bird of Prey show in the Central Drakensberg
  • Crane and Wetland sanctuary near highmoor in the Central Drakensberg
  • Highmoor has the largest colony of breeding Bald Ibis in the Drakensberg. I also has a single nesting site of Wattled Crane.
  • The Midlands Birding Route is the most Northern component of the Southern KZN Birding Route. Starting in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site, the route meanders its way down from the sandstones cliffs, basalt precipices and buttresses, through the foothills of the Drakensberg and into the picturesque rolling hillsides of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Other key Midlands birding attractions include some of the most reliable sites for Cape Parrots and Blue Swallows.
  • The Lower Drakensberg Foothills Birding Route lies inland and to the south-west of the Midlands Birding Route. The Lower Drakensberg Foothills Birding Route is also home to the exciting new Marutswa Forest Boardwalk on the outskirts of the quaint country village of Bulwer.
  • The Karkloof Conservation and Hides offer some wetland and grassland birding. Target species for the day will be Blue, Wattled and Grey Crowned Cranes, with a chance of sighting rare species such as the Baillon's Crake.
  • Impendle Nature Reserve, near Boston in the Natal Midlands consists predominantly of mid-altitude grasslands. Some rocky outcrops are present within the grasslands and a large mist belt forest is situated at the far reaches of the reserve overlooking the Umkomazi Valley. This infrequently visited and relatively unexplored reserve has some incredible birding potential.
  • Marutswa Forest has become one of the most popular birding sites on the Southern KZN Birding Route. The forest trail and board walk comprises a network of arterial trails leading into the indigenous forest. Marutswa Forest is one of the few easily accessible intact scarp forest patches in the southern KwaZulu-Natal area, and is already popular with Birding groups who use the existing trail network.
  • Pied Piper Expeditions takes bird watchers to see the rare, endemic and special bird species in the uplands of KwaZulu-Natal, the mist-belt forests and grasslands and up Sani Pass into the Drakensberg and Lesotho.  By appoitment only.  Tel:  +27 (0) 33 7011 741
  • Stuart McLean Birding the Sani Pass and mistbelt forests.  Other nature interests, as well as basic botanical trips.  Tel:  +27 (0) 82 742 6981