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Bird Watching


Activity Description

Bird watching, the latest addition to the Durban Green Corridor ecotourism quiver gives tourists just that, an astonishing birding experience right here along the uMngeni River Valley in Durban. Our main bird watching service in Durban is the Finfoot Loop, a self-drive loop (with an experienced local nature guide) that takes birders along the uMngeni River, from the shores of the Indian Ocean, deep into the rural river gorges and cliffs of the eNanda Dam.

As the loop’s name implies, this is one of the best spots around KwaZulu-Natal to be searching for the rare and elusive African Finfoot. This enigmatic species is highly sought after by birders to add to their “life lists” due to its fussy habitat requirements and highly secretive habits.

The Finfoot Loop can take anything from a few hours to a full day, depending on your birding enthusiasm. For enthusiastic birders looking for the full experience and wanting to spend time searching for unusual species such as African Finfoot, we recommend at least a half day (6 hour) experience.


ProviderGreen Corridors NPC
Duration6 hours
WhenAll year round
WhereStarts at Green Hub,Blue Lagoon and ends at eNanda Adventures, Inanda Dam
WeatherNot recommended in rainy weather
What to WearComfortable Clothes and Shoes
Things to BringSnacks and Drinks Sunscreen Binoculars Cameras Hats/Caps
Guests or SpectatorsGuests can enjoy picnicking while bird watchers venture out.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsNature Guide
ExclusionsFood and Beverages


Times of the tours are determined by the individual groups, but Bird Watching in Durban is normally best in the mornings. The noted Finfoot loop should take about 6 hours.

This is a self drive tour with a guide, please note, the guide for this tour is a “Hop On Hop Off Guide”

Other opportunities for Bird watching in Durban exist at all the Durban Green Corridor sites for day visitors, these include dry thornveld and mountainous habitats at iSithumba Adventures or wader spotting at the Green Hub / Umngeni River

Customer Reviews

We had a great time birdwatching. Joe is a knowledgable and interesting bird guide and he has a passion for what he does. Joe would be a great credit to any organisation. I gather that as he is having to focus on developing cycle routes he will be passing over guiding to someone else. This is a great shame as he has a passion.for birding which shines through. - Kaye Foskett

I spent the day with Joe along the river looking at birds & seeking the finfoot. Joe was a credit to your organisation & to his country. His knowledge of the river and its birds was excellent. His enthusiasm was contagious. He brought the day alive and we found the finfoot at the end of the day. He was more than a birding guide. He was a guide to the culture of Durban and to his nation. It was a privilege to spend the day with him. The highlight of my stay in South Africa ( except for seeing my new grandson!!! ) Rom Rubycz - Roman Rubycz

The booking service did not have as down as having booked a guide. We arrived on the Sunday and there was no-one there. We did some bird watching ourselves along the river. When the Green Hub opened I went in and complained. Joe apologised, said nothing was on the system and arranged to meet us at 6.00 the next day. Joe was an excellent guide and a wonderful young man, I recommend him highly. Wreally enjoyed our tour and will do it again sometime. - Kaye Foskett

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