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48 hours in Durban from 4 January 2019

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Old Thursday 13th December 2018, 15:03   #1
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48 hours in Durban from 4 January 2019

Any top tips for local species/good birding within a one day drive from Durban most welcome.
Possible Gurney's sugarbird sites or other local specialities?
Thanks in advance.
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Old Thursday 13th December 2018, 17:28   #2
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Pretty much the whole of South Africa is within a 1 day drive of Durban!

Assuming you are prepared to do a bit of driving, sites I would consider are the Sani Pass (good for Gurney's Sugarbird), Mkuze, and St Lucia. All offer world-class birding.

The only drawback with Sani is that you need 4WD unless you want to walk / hitch. Depending on your budget, it might make more sense to hire a guide (with a 4WD) for the day. I can recommend Stuart McClean. If you can squeeze in 2 days, you could also do some forest birding in the same general area.
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There is also good birding in the city at Pigeon Valley NR which has spotted ground thrush and apparently buff-spotted flufftail, although I failed to find the latter. It was 2003 when I was there so you'd want to get more up to date gen.
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Thanks for the information. I decided to stay close to the city and search out one of the large barn swallow roosts.

Tried Mount Moreland this evening but it was not in large scale use.

Where are the >1million swallows roosting if not there. Any advice welcome for tomorrow.
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