The Muzi Pans Experience
Muzi Pans are locally well known for the abundance of waterbird species found there. Surrounded by rural villages and woodland, the pans are situated on the Mkhuze River floodplain between Mkhuze Game Reserve and Lake St Lucia.
The densities and diversity of birds heightens during summer and more than 100 species can be seen in a summer's day. Nile Crocodiles and large numbers of Hippos are present in the pan system.
The pans are excellent for waterbirds. Especially notable are the large numbers of Lesser Jacanas and African Pygmy Geese that congregate here. Several other species of duck are normally present, together with good numbers of Black Herons and Pinkbacked and Eastern White Pelicans. In summer, large numbers of waders feed along the shore, and Collared Pratincoles are conspicuous along the grassy edges. Rarer species, such as Black Coucal and Rufousbellied Heron may appear when conditions are right.
Adjacent woodland holds Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters and Broad-billed Rollers in summer, and large non-breeding flocks of Lemon-breasted Canary can be seen in winter.
Birding along the Mkhuze River may produce the Pel’s Fishing Owl, small groups of Brownheaded Parrots and Green Malkoha.
The area does have
Zululand Birding Route
trained local bird guides who can assist you with birding in the area and a guided canoe trip can also be taken on the pan with trained canoe guides.
Muzi Pans are a 45 minute drive from Malala and are easily accessible (without a 4x4 vehicle) as the road is tarred.