Birding & Wildlife


Download our BIRD CHECK LIST 2016. If you’ve seen any birds on the reserve not on the list – please email us with updates.


A variety of Antelope may be seen including, Nyala, Impala, Blesbok, Black and Blue Wildebeest, Reedbuck, Kudu, Eland and the endangered Blue Duiker.
White Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Caracal, Large Spotted Genet, Black Backed Jackal, Porcupine, Cape Clawless Otter, Thick-tailed Galago, Aardwolf and Warthog are also found on the farm. Hippos were re-introduced into Malinga Hippo Pool in 2000, a first for the region.

Over 180 bird species have been recorded in this area. These range from forest species such as the Trumpeter Hornbill and colourful Narina Trogon, waterfowl, grassland “little brown jobs”, bushveld birds such as thrushes mouse birds and barbets, to a variety of raptors of which the Crowned Eagle is recorded to have bred in the valley for over twenty five years.

Another endangered species that occurs here is the Ground Hornbill.

The Reserve enjoys an abundance of animals and birds.

On the 26th November I spent a wonderful day birding at Gwahumbe. What an amazing day it turned out to be as I reached several milestones for the reserve. The first was setting the day record for the reserve, notching up 112 species and in the process adding adding 7 new species to the reserve checklist, which takes the total to over 200 species. The new species added include some migrants Common Buzzard and Spotted Flycatcher, plus elusive Brown-backed Honeybird, Fan-tailed Grassbird, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, African Yellow Warbler and Common Starling. There is every chance that the reserve has over 250 species, so help us find some new ones. It’s a really good time to visit the reserve now as many of the birds are very active, either building nests or feeding young and so you have a good chance of seeing a good number of species. Happy Birding!

David Hoddinott, Rockjumper Birding Tours