Fountainhill Estate is a true birding hotspot with over 276 bird species.

The estate is 2200 hectares in size which comprises of rich diverse landscape that is home to a wide array of bird life. The different habitats include undulating grassland plains, bushland thicket, thornveld, Scarp Forest and wetland which offer exciting birdwatching for both novice and expert alike. The Estate has numerous natural and man-made wetlands and dams that provide excellent opportunities to spot birds such as African Fish Eagle, Pied Kingfisher and African Jacana. Along the cliff faces and rocky outcrops one is likely to see Mocking Cliff Chat, Southern Bald Ibis, Swifts and Striped Pipits. The Nhlambamasoka River feeds into the Umgeni River and provides a riverine habitat where African Finfoot can be seen on the flat water sections.

Some of the special sightings on Fountainhill Estate include Blue Crane, Crowned Crane and the Palm Nut Vulture.

Make the most of your birding trip at Fountainhill Estate with an overnight stay in our self-catering accommodation. Check out our accommodation tab for all of our self-catering accommodation options.

Happy Birding!

Download our Bird Species List here   If you have seen any birds on the Estate not on the list please email us on

Conservation Fees apply to all day visitors – contact us on 078 667 4401 for rates & bookings