The Epic, Part 3 – Underberg to Bonamanzi


From Underberg, we took the road to Eshowe in Zululand.  We had spent 18 months there in 1976, but found he town much changed.  What was the same was the Dhlinza Forest, a well-known birding spot in the middle of the village.  We stayed at a beautiful farm , The Chase, where we occupied a comfortable cottage set in a magnificent garden.  Jono and Jane Chennels were our hosts and were extremely hospitable and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed.  They farm mainly sugar cane, but have recently started growing proteas for export and this has proved to be very successful.

We birded in the Forest and got our first lifer of the trip, a Green Twinspot, which came to the hide, along with Tambourine Doves, Purple-crested Turacos and Red-winged Mannikins.  Our stroll along the boardwalk was rewarding and we also hiked one…

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