We start the day off with a pleasant meet and greet, and also with the do's and don'ts of the walk. Afterwards we start our guided walk through a bit of residential area up towards the otherwise hidden start to the path through the nature reserve. The popular reserve is situated within the leafy suburb of Steilites in the far South-Eastern corner of the city. It centers on two enormous granite whalebacks and a forested stream and deciduous woodland below them. We enter though the upper entrance (the entrance is not signposted and can be tricky to find) of the Reserve and scramble to the area on top of the high granite outcrops, which affords wonderful views over the Shandon Valley to the South, and can be enjoyed with a cup of filter coffee and delicious home made rusks (biscuits). Next is the decent into the forest, where you will be met with a gentle stream and some great birding potential. Birding will be the main focus of the walk. Some of the top spots include the Narina Trogon, Eastern Nicator, Crowned Eagle, Gorgeous Bushshrike, Trumpeter Hornbill and Black-Bellied Starling to name a few. The bird count on the walk has been recorded at 60 plus.
Josef, my husband, your guide, has over 30 years birding experience in the area, and has been birding with some of the leading birders in the country. He is very keen to share his knowledge about all things birding to anyone who takes an interest. Indigenous trees are also a good talking point.
Bottled Water, Filer Coffee or Tea (English or Rooibos).
We'll be taking a walk through the Steiltes Nature Reserve in Nelspruit. The main stop will be a view point from the top of the rock overlooking Nelspruit and the surrounding areas with the seasonal rock pools. Another stop will be down at the stream in the indigenous forest, where the bird life is at its best.
Josef's Birding Saunter