Birding & Wildlife

The Reserve enjoys an abundance of animals and birds.


Over 210 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 2018. 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

bird1 bird2 bird3
bird4 bird5 bird6

On the 28 th June 2018 I spent a wonderful day birding at Gwahumbe. Winter birding can be really rewarding as many insectivorous species tend to flock together. When food is scarce, birds move together and therefore have a better chance of disturbing insects and thus are more likely to find prey. One can enjoy splendid activity if you find one of these mixed species flocks. It so happened on a warm winter’s morning that I found several of these flocks in the reserve. The first was around reception and in just half an hour I had seen 40 species. The well wooded gardens which have grown up nicely since I first visited the reserve several years ago, are attracting a good diversity of species.

Some of these include Orange-breasted Bushshrike, Mocking Cliff Chat, Familiar Chat, Cape Rock Thrush, Fiscal Flycatcher, Southern Black Flycatcher, Streaky-headed Seedeater, Southern Black Tit, Southern Boubou, Black-collared Barbet, Greater Double-collared Sunbird and even Striped Pipit. After a nice cup of hot coffee, and a bunch of birds under the belt, I headed down to the valley which by now had warmed up a little. Some of the highlights here included Common Quail, African Black Duck, Long-crested Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Knysna Turaco, Little Bee-eater, Crowned & noisy Trumpeter Hornbill, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Crested Barbet, Red-throated Wryneck, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, a pair of Lanner Falcon, Cape & Chinspot Batis, endemic Southern Tchagra, Grey and Black Cuckooshrike, Kurrichane Thrush, Brown and White-browed Scrub Robin, Ashy Flycatcher, Dark-backed Weaver, elusive Green Twinspot, Swee Waxbill and finally a new species for the reserve, Forest Canary. I ended the day on 98 species and am very much looking forward to my next visit in July …
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

buck1 buck2 buck3
buck4 buck5 buck6