BIRDING AT HAYTERDALE
Set in the lush valley thicket, at the foot of the Zuurberg Mountains, Hayterdale farm truly is a birding hot spot, and with at least 160 different bird species in the area, the farm offers some really fantastic birding opportunities.
There is an extensive network of walking trails that allows you access into the heart of the pristine habitats, including thicket, forest, woodland and grassy Fynbos. The thicket habitat is especially rich in bird life, and is easily explored by following the trails that start at the campsite. Some of the trails will lead you up and along the steep slopes of the mountain itself, and deep into the scarp forest, a habitat that is often hard to access, but full of special forest birds.
The campsite, set under the canopies of large indigenous trees, is also home to some special birds, including the elusive Scaly-throated Honeyguide. Other nearby habitats include grassy fields and drainage-line woodland, all within easy walking distance of the campsite. However, the birding does not stop there, up, on-top of the Zuurberg Mountains, you enter yet another habitat: grassy-fynbos habitat, with yet a different array of birds.
Some of the special birds that live in the Valley Thicket include:
Brown Scrub Robin
Some of the special birds that live in the Scarp Forest include:
White-browed Scrub Robin
Southern Black Tit
Some of the special birds that live in the Grassy Fynbos include: