Ndumo Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Giraffe in the Ndumo Reserve.
Situated on the Mozambique border further west than Tembe is Ndumo, considered by many experts to be one of the premier bird-watching reserves in the country. During the summer months or between October and April when the Banzi and Nyamiti pans start to fill up, the birding is outstanding as the summer migrant birds take up residence. Surrounded by giant sycamore figs and the strange yellow-green fever trees, the beautiful pans draw large number of water birds, Crocodile and Hippo. Crested guinea fowl and Pel's fishing owl are some of the rare birds in residence. Fish Eagle are often seen and heard, pygmy geese, jacana and a variety of water birds can be seen paddling on the water or high-stepping across the lily pads.Visitors can drive through certain areas of the reserve in their own vehicle, otherwise arrangements can be made to participate in game drives. No camping is allowed in this reserve, but there is a wonderful old hutted camp. Apart from bedding, cutlery and crockery that are provided, visitors need to bring their own food and drink and meals are prepared in communal kitchens by experienced cooks.The other accommodation option is the privately Ndumo Wilderness Camp, a luxurious safari-style tented camp on stilts with verandas overlooking Banzi Pan. The malaria risk is medium to high.

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