Dhlinza Forest Reserve Hot

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Dhlinza Forest lying on the outskirts of Eshowe is an ideal location for forest birding with its aerial boardwalk that takes you into the forest canopy.

The reserve itself is only 250 hectares in size but is host to at least 65 bird species and is also home to shy forest animals such as the Blue Duiker and Bushpig. What really makes bird viewing at Dhlinza Forest exciting is that the boardwalk is uniquely built into the forest canopy and at one point you can climb up a 20m high observation platform that allows panoramic views overlooking magnificent giant forest trees. The best time of the year to visit is in early spring when the forest is alive with birds hurrying backwards and forwards trying to show off their attributes so as to attract a mate for the breeding season.

 

Photography

Best Time to Photograph
Early to mid-morning is when birds are most active in the forest
Type of Photography
Birds
Best Time of Year
Spring
Photographic Tips
Forest birding and photography is difficult due to low lighting and dense vegetation, but sitting patiently at the viewing points can be rewarding. It is also worth making use of the local guides who know where best to locate specific species.
Recommended Gear
Mid to long range telephoto lenses together with cameras with high ISO ratings are recommended. Tripods and flashes are also suggested.

Footnotes

Season and Weather
Summer months are extremely hot and humid and afternoon thundershowers can be expected. Note that this is a malaria area. Winter weather is more pleasant with cool temperatures and more stable weather patterns.
Other Activities
Birding
Featured Guide/s

Location

Closest Town
Getting There
Dhlinza Forest is located on the outskirts of Eshowe and is well signposted from within the town
Address
Eshowe

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As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.