Nestled at the foot of the Karkloof Mountain Range, beneath the second largest indigenous forest in South Africa, lies Bird Valley Estate. Pristine wetlands of startling beauty filter mountain rainwater that encounters human habitation for the first time on Satellite Dam. This haven for wildlife and birds is just 30km from Pietermaritzburg and offers eco-friendly country living in the idyllic KZN Midlands…

Don’t take our word for it – read what the kind people at BirdLife Port Natal have to say.

campsiteBird Valley Estate

Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 September 2016
Report by Paul and Sally Bartho

This was both a Week-end and Sunday outing.

It was attended by ten members for the weekend and a further eleven for the Sunday outing. And as usual it was a resounding success surpassing everyone’s expectations. Not only was the birding excellent but the venue and hospitality of Richard Alcock were equally so.

As noted on both previous visits this year (and reported on the website) this can be considered the “Okavango” of South Africa.

Peter and Frankie arrived Thursday afternoon as did Sally and I. It was a drizzly cold afternoon. Despite this we took a drive round the estate heading for the hide.


WetlandsBird Valley Estate revisited

Report by Paul and Sally Bartho

22 to 24 March 2016

Sally and I decided to revisit Bird Valley Estate – just north of Albert Falls in the midlands – to explore their extensive wetlands. We invited several friends to come and camp with us. In all we were 9 people. The campsite has good ablutions and overlooks the dam.

Views of the wetlands.



Bird Valley Estate

Report by Paul and Sally Bartho
18 January 2016

Sally and I were invited to visit Bird Valley Estate to assess its birding potential.

Bird Valley Estate is nestled in a SAPPI forest. It is a small residential area with 30 large plots around the water’s edge – some with water- skiing rights. So far only 10 plots have been developed.Bird Valley Estate is at Satellite Dam just north of Albert Falls in the Midlands, KZN. Satellite Dam is about 1.5 kms in length and on average about 250 metres wide. Most of this is wetlands. There is no habitation on the catchment area .