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DLINZA FOREST

Dlinza Forest is situated on the south-western side of Eshowe. This beautiful piece of forest covers an area of 250ha and is one of southern Africa's prime forest birding spots. Access if through the town of Eshowe, to get to the main picnic area and boardwalk head down Kangella Road towards Nkandela, just after the school turn left at the Dlinza Forest signboard.

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Specials

Probably best known for providing birders with the opportunity to view the Spotted Ground-Thrush, the forest also offers Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Green Malkoha, Olive Woodpecker and Green Twinspot, the last for which a hide has been erected. Other species such as African Crowned Eagle, Narina Trogon, African Crowned Eagle, Narina Trogon, Trumpeter Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Chorister Robin-Chat, Terrestrial Brownbul and Lemon Dove.

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Habitats

The entire forest consists of beautiful climax coastal scarp forest.

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Facilities

Self-guided trail, ablution, picnic tables and braai facilities, and a canopy boardwalk are to be found at the picnic site off Kangella Road. A hide from which Green Twinspot, Red-backed Mannikin and African Firefinch can be viewed during the summer months can be located by contacting the Zululand Birding Route co-ordinator.

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Birding

The two main birding areas are the self-guided trail which starts at and returns to the Dlinza Forest picnic site, and the dirt road (royal Drive) which runs through the southern end of the forest. One requires about three hours, preferably in the early morning, to see a good proportion of the forest birds. An average morning should provide about 35 good quality birding species. Species such as Olive Sunbird, Collared Sunbird, Terrestrial Brownbul, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Cape Batis, Square-tailed Drongo, Dark-backed Weaver and Purple-crested Turaco are common here. Also listen out for Green Malkoha in the thicker areas and keep a look out in the more open areas of the forest floor for Spotted Ground-Thrush. Birders are advised to obtain further information From the Zululand Birding Route.

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General

Visitors to the area are advised to obtain further information on birding, guides and accommodation from the Zululand Birding Route on +27 35 753 5644 or

Zululand Birding Route Website

KZN Wildlife Website



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ENTUMENI FOREST

Situated about 15 km to the south of Eshowe on the Nkandla Road lies the 750 ha Entumeni Forest. This forest includes a number of large grasslands and lies within a large gorge at the base of which flows a river. Situated at a slightly higher altitude than the Dlinza Forest, Entumeni offers a few more species. As this area consists largely of steep slopes, it would be recommended for the fit. Allow about four hours for this forest and begin, if possible even before dawn where in summer the Buff-spotted Flufftail and African Wood-Owl will still be calling. The dawn chorus in the forest is a worthwhile experience.

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Species

In addition to all the species mentioned for the Dlinza Forest, the Entumeni Forest offers Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Brown Scrub-Robin, African Broadbill, Black Cuckoo and Lazy Cisticola, the latter of which occur in the road side grasslands. Mountain Wagtail occurs on the river which can be reached by taking the long trail.

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Habitats

The entire forest consists of beautiful climax coastal scarp forest.

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Facilities

Two trails which start from the picnic site in the forest. One trail takes about 1.5 hours to walk and the other 3 - 4 hours; both are over rather steep terrain.

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Birding

As for Dlinza Forest but in addition to the forest specials mentioned, the grasslands provide Red-backed Mannikin, Croaking Cisticola, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Red-collared Widowbird and African Firefinch.

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General

The Zululand Birding Route will also be able to help with details of guides, accommodation and birding spots Tel: +27 35 474 1234 or

Zululand Birding Route Website

KZN Wildlife Website

Guy Gibbon 2002
Glen Holland 1997



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