After many hours in plane – first three hours from Phoenix to Atlanta, and then 15 hours from Atlanta to Johannesburg, and then another hour flight we arrived at the Durban airport. We collected our car and we were off to our B&B – the Upper Room, arriving about 10:00 pm Friday night.
Of note, when we got to the airport in Phoenix and went to hand over our luggage the agent asked us for our South African Visa. We said we didn’t need one because we would not be there for longer than three months. She said that since our airlines tickets have us going in August, and coming back in December it looks like we would be spending more than three months in South Africa. So we had to see another (much nicer) agent to have a manual override of our tickets. Luckily I had printed out our ticket information showing when we would be leaving the country and returning, otherwise we would have been SOL.
Since neither of us slept much on the plane we didn’t get up early on Saturday and didn’t get out and about until around 11:00 am or so. Our first stop was the Pigeon Valley Nature Park (located near our B&B), followed by the Umgeni River Mouth.
Pigeon Valley Nature Park
This is a heavily forested 10 Hectare park within Durban city limits. Nice little area to bird, with trails throughout the park. On a clipboard near the entrance one birder indicated he had seen 80 species in a recent week at the park. He is a regular birder of the park.
Umgeni River Mouth
Tomorrow we may stop by the Pigeon Valley Nature Park again before heading to our next location – the Dlinza Forest, Eshowe. Until then – ITS A GREAT DAY TO BIRD.