The Early Bird Catches the Worm!
Birdwatching is best experienced on a nature walk, where close encounters with a variety of bird species are possible. This nature walk, known as the “Early Bird Catches the Worm”, is the first activity of the day – and as its name infers, it should be a very rewarding walk. It is a 2+ hrs. nature walk that starts at 06:00am, together with “Dawn Chorus”, when all the birds are singing wholeheartedly to pronounce the start of a new day, and when they are at their most active. Some of the special birds that have been recorded at Nyaru Game Lodge include: Cape Rock-thrush, Olive Bushshrike and Southern Tchagra, Cape Sugarbird and Protea Canary.
During the nature walk you will be led through a diversity of vegetation types including Southern Cape Valley Thicket, Swellendam Silcrete Fynbos, Mossel Bay Shale Renosterveld and we will also walk past some Wetlands. Each of these vegetation types creates a habitat for all kinds of unique animals and plants which are best observed from close quarters. Please see our BIRD CHECK LIST (click to download) to wet your appetites! You can also more information about Nyaru’s bird life by clicking on THIS LINK.
A maximum of 5 people are allowed on the nature walk so as to keep the noise to a minimum, and thus not drawing attention to ourselves. Children younger than 12 are not allowed on the Nature Walks, since dangerous game could be encountered during the bush walk in which case children will have to obey the rules however, a specially organised “Kids on Safari” nature walk can be organised.
What to take on a nature walk?
Certainly bring your camera and binoculars along. You definitely want to take a warm jacket along if the weather looks unpredictable. Remember to take a hat (and sunblock) to protect your face and wear long pants to protect your legs from thorny branches and biting insects and be sure to go in a pair of strong, comfortable walking shoes. We will provide you with water and snacks as refreshments along the way.