Ndumo Game Reserve Hot

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With over 400 recorded bird species, Ndumo has to be one of the countries top birding destinations and always features highly in the annual Birdlife South Africa Big Birding Days. The reserve may well be situated in the far northern corner of Zululand, several hours from Durban, but is definitely worth the effort to get to, especially with the newly tarred road that takes one through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings and evenings are best for driving around to search for photographic subjects, but it is worth spending the whole day at the hides or wandering the camp gardens for birds
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife General
  • Birds
Best Time of Year
Photographic Tips
Winter months provide the best times for photography as the veld is dry and open. This also means that birds and animals concentrate around the numerous waterholes with accompanying hides. Summer brings numerous migrant bird species.
Recommended Gear
A solid beanbag is a must for photographing at the hides. Telephoto lenses are a priority for bird and animal photography.
Mosquito and insect repellent.


Site Highlights
Throughout the camp, there are numerous bird baths which attract a constant flurry of birds throughout the day
Driving throughout the network of roads provides a wide variety of bird watching opportunities
Ezulweni Bird Hide on Nyamithi Pan
Red Cliffs
Vulture Restaurant


Season and Weather
Summer months are extremely hot and humid and afternoon thundershowers can be expected. Winter weather is very pleasant with cooler temperatures and more stable weather patterns. Ndumo falls within the endemic malaria area and visitors are urged to take the necessary precautions against malaria.
Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Viewing
  • Night Drives
  • Guided Walks
Guide/s Available
Zululand Birding Route has an experienced network of local guides who can help in finding those special and elusive species. They can be contacted via www.zbr.co.za or Tel: 035 7535644 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Getting There
Follow the N2 freeway from Durban to Hluhluwe and turn off onto the R22, driving through Hluhluwe town and on to Mbazwana and the Kwangwanase traffic circle. At the circle turn left driving past the entrance to Thembe elephant Park. The turnoff to Ndumo is well indicated just after crossing over the Phongola River.


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.