Birding & Wildlife

The Reserve enjoys an abundance of animals and birds.


Over 221 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.

Download our BIRD CHECK LIST 2019. If you’ve seen any birds on the reserve not on the list – please email us with updates.

Please note that day visitors are welcome at Gwahumbe.  We’re open from 7:00am to sundown.  Get all the info you need here :  dv_button

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On the 27th September 2018 some friends and I spent a wonderful mornings birding at Gwahumbe. We birded from 06:30 to 14:00 and recorded a fabulous 104 species seen plus another 15 species heard only. Spring has certainly sprung and we noted great bird activity throughout our time there. This was aided by calm and warm conditions. If it gets too hot over 26 degrees, then the bird activity quietens down and most species move into the shade and are difficult to observe. Some of the key species seen included good sightings of three Common Buttonquail, Spur-winged Goose (a new addition to the reserve), Brown Scrub Robin, Narina Trogon, Knysna Turaco, Grey and Black Cuckooshrike, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Red-throated Wryneck, Mountain Wagtail and best of all a splendid pair of Grey Waxbill (yet another addition to the reserve list). The Gwahumbe birdlist now stands at 213 species and continues to grow. So the birding is hotting up and it’s well worth a visit…

Happy Birding!

~ Dave Hoddinott – Rockjumper Birding Tours ~


A variety of antelope may be seen at Gwahumbe including Nyala, Impala, Blesbok, Blue Wildebeest, Reedbuck, Kudu, Bushbuck, Grey Duiker and the endangered Blue Duiker.  Giraffe, Zebra, Caracal, Large Spotted Genet, Serval, Black Backed Jackal, Porcupine, Cape Clawless Otter, Spotted Necked Otter, Thick-tailed Galago, Bush Pig and Warthog are also found on the farm. Hippos were re-introduced into Malinga Hippo Pool in 2000; a first for the region. 

Gwahumbe Game & Spa offers game drives in open 4×4 vehicles with a qualified field guide to ensure your safety and viewing experience. Game drives are undoubtedly the best way to view our exceptional fauna & flora and offers you the chance to get up close and personal with the game in a natural setting.  As our reserve is relatively small, there is always an excellent chance for guests to view our game. Self-drives are also possible on the Reserve, but do require a 4×4 vehicle.  Get details here:  gv_button

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