ABOVE: Christian searching the undergrowth for stray Umlalazi Dwarfs, or any kind of bug, fungus or weird-looking stick really.
ABOVE: Birding in the grasslands above Ngoye Forest. Looks like an ad for Toyota Fortuners.
ABOVE: This is what I was looking at in the picture above.
ABOVE: A morning’s birding, exploring, running around, climbing, fighting with your brother, digging holes, singing at full voice, throwing rocks, hitting stuff with sticks, lifting rocks, complaining about thorns, gathering pepper ticks, catching worms, chasing monkeys, attempting to taste random forest fruits and insisting on sitting on your dad’s lap while he is trying to drive on small offroad tracks, can tire one out.
Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk, Eshowe
No trip to this part of Zululand would be complete without a visit to Dlinza Forest, which is literally within the heart of the town of Eshowe. Seriously, the one minute you are driving past houses and shops, and the next second you’re ensconced below a canopy of interwoven forest trees with bird calls reverberating through the forest and Blue Duikers darting across the road. A great place to start your exploration is the aerial boardwalk, which gives birders a unique canopy-level view of the forest. The boardwalk leads through the forest for 125 m before reaching a 20 m high observation tower. There are also short hiking trails, and seed is regularly set out at the Green Twinspot hide near the visitors’ centre. This forest can be good for Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon. But really, I’m just looking for an excuse to post more pictures of my kids: