Eswatini Birding Spectacular

The 4th Annual Eswatini Birding Spectacular
Dedicated in memory of Pieter De Waal and hosted by Mbuluzi Game Reserve

You are invited to join us for a weekend of excellent birding in the Kingdom.



When: 22nd January 2022

Where: Accommodation will be available at Mbuluzi Game Reserve although you are not restricted to stay here.

Competition Rules:

  • Birds to be recorded from 00h00 22nd January until 23h59 22nd January (All of Saturday);
  • All birding to happen within Eswatini’s borders;
  • Teams not restricted to a certain size, but 3-4 = ideal. Only one vehicle at a time per team;
  • Majority of team to confirm the sighting.

Birds preferably logged on the Birdlasser group


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Informal meeting around the braai in Mbuluzi on the Friday night (not compulsory).

Breakfast at Simunye Country Club on Sunday am and prize giving (not compulsory)

 We hope to showcase the amazing variety that eSwatini has to offer when it comes to habitats and birdlife. From Blue Swallows in the Grassland to Narina Trogons in the Forest to Pink Throated Twinspots in the Lowveld and many in between.

Mbuluzi Game Reserve is situated in the North-Eastern corner of eSwatini about 5 hours from Johannesburg. Mbuluzi has various accommodation options from camping to lodges and they have agreed to host event. Most parts of Swaziland are within a 2-hour drive from Mbuluzi and so one can plan various routes to brilliant birding spots from here.


For any queries and to book your spot please contact:

To book accommodation at Mbuluzi Game Reserve visit M

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Lavumisa/Golela 07h00 – 22h00 [from KZN]
Ngwenya/Oshoek 07h00 – 22h00 [from Johannesburg/Pretoria]
Bordergate/Managa 07h00 – 18h00 [from Kruger Park / Nelspruit]
Lomahasha / Namaacha 07h00 – 20h00 [from Mozambique]
Mhlumeni / Goba 24 hrs service [from Mozambique]


Schedule of events

Friday 21st

Meet and Greet

Informal meeting around the Braai in Mbuluzi Game Reserve on the Friday night at 18h00

(Not compulsory)

Saturday 22nd

Bird Like Crazy

Birding starts midnight on Friday until midnight on Saturday.

A full 24 hours of birding bliss. 

Sunday 23rd

Breakfast and Catch up

An optional breakfast and informal prize giving ceremony will take place at Mbuluzi game reserve in the am. 

This is not compulsory.