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


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Over the 16 & 17 December 2017, a group of friends and I had a most wonderful stay in Gwahumbe Game Reserve. We stayed at their wonderful campsite in the valley which consists of 6 comfortable A-frames with mattresses and a super kitchen with gas for cooking. A lovely boma provides the perfect place where you can enjoy a delicious braai sharing stories around the campfire and watching the night sky. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag and food. The birding this weekend was once again excellent. On our last six visits we have been fortunate to add new species to the ever growing list which now stands at a superb 210 species. Over this weekend we added African Palm Swift, White Stork and African Wood Owl. Other notable sightings included Narina Trogon, Brown Scrub Robin, Martial Eagle, Fan-tailed Grassbird, Red-throated Wryneck and lots more. I can’t wait for my next visit … Happy Birding !

David Hoddinott, Rockjumper Birding Tours


A variety of antelope may be seen at Gwahumbe including Nyala, Impala, Blesbok, Black and Blue Wildebeest, Reedbuck, Kudu, Eland and the endangered Blue Duiker.  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. 

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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