When it comes to birding there is no destination as unparalleled in its diversity of not only bird species but also terrain. From the wetlands of St Lucia to the forested sand dunes further north, Zululand birding offers a breathtaking landscape in which to glimpse some of the 820 or more species found in Southern Africa. iSimangaliso Wetland Park iSimangaliso Wetland Park supports the highest concentrations of breeding water birds in South […]

The past month’s diving in Sodwana Bay has been fantastic – the ocean is alive. Conditions have been variable – with average 10-15 meters visibility, the water has been slightly green & the temperature is 22 degrees. The Humpback whales  are everywhere- as they make their way north to calve and then return to their feeding grounds in the Antarctica. Up to 50 humpbacks were sighted on a single trip […]

Sodwana Bay – dive report July 2013 Although the winter is upon us we are lucky to have warm days throughout the year in Sodwana Bay. The vapour puffs on the horizon indicate that the humpback whales are beginning to pass the bay.  We have been treated to several displays from these amazing creatures as they breach and play with their new calves.  For me this is the most magical […]

Ulundi airport takes to the skies, allowing more people to fly into Zululand. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport is located a kilometer south of  Ulundi CBD. It serves the communities of Ulundi, Nongoma and Melmoth. Given a category 4-5 level as an airport, Ulundi airport boasts bigger hangar space and parking for aircraft. Along with Federal Air direct flights are now possible to Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Ulundi Airport Takes to the Skies […]

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We are fortunate to have one of the top dive sites in the world, ranking up there with the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea as far as diversity both underwater and above. From exploring the reefs to the surrounding unique dune forests and savannas,  with world class game reserves thrown in for good measure, makes this one of the top destinations in South Africa. Sodwana Bay is considered […]

An exciting infrastructure project is currently underway across the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. With new attractions open on the Eastern Shores, 30 facilities are being constructed or refurbished. This exciting development will enhance both overnight and day visitor experience. New Attractions Open on the Eastern Shores The new Mfazana bird hide overlooks the Mfazana pan and Mfabeni viewing deck near Cape Vidal. Other facilities scheduled to open in the forthcoming months include […]

It’s been a busy few months in the uThungulu Tourism Department, with the recent launch of the new District Tourism Association, unveiling of the Mobile Information Office as well ongoing growth and development with the Zulu Coast Film Office and Zululand Heritage Route (Route66). Although many of these projects are focused on tourism development and product development, the cornerstone of the uThungulu Tourism Master Plan, a lot of work is […]

The heart of the Zulu Nation is full of surprise and wonder, with large areas of untamed and pristine wilderness. As we head north from Durban and past Richards Bay we eagerly look forward to our encounters with all five of Africa’s big game in the northern regions. Here we can try and picture in our minds what it was like in a land before. The first game reserve we […]

With the Easter holidays almost on us, we went in search of the top ten things to do in and around Zululand and just beyond. With so much to choose from, we were pretty hard-pressed to narrow it down, and we could have made a top 100 with ease. Ask ten people and you will get ten different lists, so here goes to a very open ended list! Most of […]

Zululand Birding Route is the first BirdLife South Africa avitourism project, it has been running for more than a decade focused on conserving our birds and their habitats by developing and promoting birding tourism (avitourism) in the Northern Kwazulu-Natal region; which is helping conserve birds in Zululand by giving them direct financial value and is able to carry out this role of socio economic development and conservation work in Zululand […]