After meeting our guide, Patrick Mathe and along with a few other visitors at Reception we climbed onto a game vehicle and headed for the forest. All along the way Patrick kept us informed on the various birds and animals we passed. Now again he would stop for something very special like the tiny Suni.
Eventually we got back onto the path and made our way to the spectacular boardwalk and aerial platforms. The platforms are built in such a way that they do not spoil the forest. Each platform is built at a different height and face various directions of the forest. Needless to say we headed for the highest platform first (about 14m up) – like I have not had enough excitement already.
I felt like I was REALLY in Africa. The bush was thick, lush and full of life.
We saw amazing birds (sadly not the Pels), but some of the highlights were the Trumpeter Hornbill, Walberg’s Eagle, Osprey, Brown Headed Parrots, a pair of white-backed vultures on a nest and the Broad-billed Roller.
I don’t think my visit to uMkhuze would be complete without a walk through this enchanting forest. Sometime I think the Pels Fishing Owl is a figment of someone’s imagination as I have never seen it here, but a few of my friends have so I guess I need to keep on visiting and hoping.
- You have to go with a guide
- You need to book at Reception
- I recommend you book when you check in. This walk is very popular and if you don’t book quickly you may just miss out.