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Birding, Nature’s Valley, Garden Route

Birding, Nature's Valley, Garden Route

Nature’s Valley Birding Spots

Nature’s Valley belongs to the De Vasselot section of the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park. The size of this section is 2 560ha, of which 64% is forest and the rest fynbos. The Tsitsikamma Trail starts here and the Otter Trail ends here. Forest birding is excellent.


African Crowned Eagle, African Finfoot, Lemon Dove, Narina Trogon, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Knysna Woodpecker, Chorister Robin-Chat, White-starred Robin, Victorin’s Warbler, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Knysna Turaco and Orange-breasted Sunbird.


Forest, fynbos, streams, rivers, a lagoon, beaches and cliffs.

Birding Locations
  • The De Vasselot camp site situated on the banks of the Groot Rivier is an excellent place to find Lemon Dove which is often around the picnic tables, Chorister Robin-Chat, Knysna Turaco and other forest specials.
  • The walk from the picnic site at the Groot Rivier Bridge into the forest offers Scaly-throated Honeyguide and may uncover Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, African Paradise-Flycatcher, White-starred Robin, Chorister Robin-Chat, Knysna Turaco, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Tambourine Dove, Terrestrial Brownbul, Green-backed Camaroptera, Cape Batis, Black-headed Oriole, Black-backed Puffback, African Dusky Flycatcher and other forest species. Buff-spotted Flufftail may call in the evening here. The secretive African Finfoot is occasionally seen from the Bridge.
  • On the pass from the N2 down to Nature’s Valley (R102), stop in the magnificent forested area and look for Narina Trogon and Knysna Woodpecker. Lazy Cisticola occurs off the R102 before the descent into the forest.
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