Before breakfast we will do a birding walk in the garden and surroundings. Our destination today is the town of Eshowe, a 1½ hour drive from Umhlanga. Eshowe is the oldest town of European settlement in Zululand. Eshowe's name is said to be inspired by the sound of wind blowing through the more than 4 km² of the indigenous Dlinza Forest, the most important and striking feature of the town. Established in 1947, this 250 ha forest is uniquely situated within the urban environment of Eshowe. The Dlinza Forest historically provided a burial site for the Zulu dead during the Anglo-Zulu War in Eshowe. The forest is best known for its birds. Two species in particular, namely the Spotted Ground Thrush and Bronze-naped Pigeon, are sought after by birdwatchers in the forest. Numerous other beautiful species such as Green Coucal, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Narina Trogon, Trumpeter Hornbill, Redbacked Mannikin and Green Twinspot are found in the forest. Blue Duiker, a small antelope, can be seen scampering around the forest floor. On arrival we will visit a dam on the outskirts of town and hope to find Pygmy Goose or White-backed Duck among the Lily pads.
We will do a forest walk looking for Spotted Ground Thrush before spending time in the hide hoping for Green Twinspot, Red-backed Mannikin, Knysna Turaco, Lemon Dove or Chorister Robin-chat to show up. There aren’t many restaurant choices in town and we will have dinner in a steak ranch type restaurant.