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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by MALIYAVUZA View Post
    Hello Tara.
    As a registered Bird Guide here in KZN I also have a few evil plans to keep your husband busy. I specialise in lBJs (Levaillant's/wing-snapping/zitting/croaking/pale-crowned etc) and have Black-rumped Buttonquail as my logo. We cannot match Northern Zululand for species numbers but certainly nail them when it comes to Endemics---Cape Parrot,Knysna Turaco, Orange Groundthrush,Blue Swallow,Denham's and Black-bellied Bustard for starters. Just so as you are not completely ignored I do a Day Trip up Sani Pass for a dozen species that will never put foot in Bots, but includes an entire day in Splendiferous Mountains which entertains non-birders without fail. We are an hour South of Hilton and also have a Guesthouse.I hope the two of you enjoy your visit to KZN.?
    Regards. Malcolm.
    Hi Malcolm,
    I think I might lose my husband at your guesthouse and never see him again! He'd love it there. I'll tell him tonight, and sure he'll love to visit!

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    Taralee, go with hubby, I am sure the Guest House comes with a baby sitter.
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    Taralee, I agree Ndumo is fantastic. A friend of mine worked there for a long time, so if you need advice please ask. But I see you are getting lots already.

    Although I am unsure of how good the birding is, kosi mouth is beautiful and has a nice snorkeling spot, small and shallow but some pretty stuff. Jealous of diving the shoal I admit :-)

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    Tara-Lee, If you stop over in Gauteng on the way to Natal I am sure people would like a gtg to meet face to face?

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    Hi everyone, we are back from a whirlwind week in SA.

    @JohanHaarhoff - Unfortunately we flew into Durban and out again (driving with a 4 month old baby would have been hectic I think. Luckily he just slept on both planes!). I was then thinking of doing the Indaba this year to meet all SA travellers visiting the show. But to be honest, I need to market overseas to get lodge bookings etc.

    @Malcolm. So sorry we didn't get to you - our week in SA came with rain and hectic wind and so our bird viewing was limited. We did get to Ndumo but with our bad luck - the guides were all training so my hubby had to bird himself (he found 30 lifers, so it was all good!) and again, on the way back to Durban we stopped at St Lucia and with our bad luck, it was so windy, the birds were all hiding!

    Birds he did find : lots.. but the pink throated twinspot was his highlight!

    @Valodia and LandyAndy - Himeville is marked on the map for our next SA trip (probably next year though!) but thank you!

    @RayRay - we did a reef dive at Aliwal (hectic surge and huge swell - our bad luck again) so I got quite seasick - but we did see some awesome stuff anyway. Did a tiger shark dive, and although no tigers this time -we got about 30 blacktips. which was nice to see!

    Thanks everyone for all your advise and help

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    Thanks for the feedback, sorry about the weather, but luckily there is no such thing as a bad dive :-)


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    Default Terrible Weather.

    Thank you for taking the trouble to respond.
    The weather in KZN at this time of year is always a bit of hit and miss. And strong winds really do mess up the birding. I think your husband did very well with 30 Lifers---especially the Twinspot. I returned today from a weekend in the Eastern Cape Mountains at 2400m. At that altitude there are at least 4 seasons in one day,the wind is hectic, and the temperature jumps from one extreme to the other.Amazingly ---all the Sani Pass Specials are there too----Drakensburg Rockjumper,Drakensburg Siskin,Sentinel Rock-thrush,Large-billed Lark,Sickle-winged Chat,Cape and Bearded Vulture, and at least 5 of my all-time favourite Black Harriers.Tell your husband---all is not lost---one of these days he will actually get some good weather here---and the species to go with it. Cheers.

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    Default Birding KZN end of February

    Hi Shemula, we are coming to Ndumo in July and I have read a lot about how bad the road conditions are once of the N2 - could you possibly provide me with some "on the spot" insights? We will be coming from St Lucia.

    Regards

    Louis

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