Bird Valley Estate is situated in the Summer rainfall area of the midlands and experiences typical weather patterns of high summer temperatures up to 40c, and late afternoon thunderstorms. In winter the temperature can drop to -4 during the night, with an occasional -6 every 4 or 5 years. Early winter mornings are accompanied by frost on the ground, but this soon melts off and gives way to gloriously warm winter days. The temperature only drops again in the late afternoons. The average rainfall is 1000 mm per year.
Bird Valley Estate falls under the district of Cramond, a siding stop on the railway line from Greytown to Pietermaritzburg. Here you will find a general store, post office, petrol station, police station and a church. The shop is Muslim owned and sells virtually everything, except meat and liquor. Directions and shop hours here
The estate is positioned in the middle of the Albert Falls Amble. Places of interest include the Albert Falls Resort which incorporates the dam and a game park and the Waterfall below the dam wall which has a picnic site on the river bank. Just a few metres downstream, Amble Inn is an al fresco restaurant and pub overlooking the Umgeni river, offering excellent food at very reasonable prices. Directions here
The quaint and busy town of Wartburg is a few short kilometres away and is home to the very popular Wartburger Hoff, a guesthouse and restaurant.
The closest major city, Pietermaritzburg is 30km away and is the hub of the surrounding area. All possible requirements can be found in the wide variety of specialised shops and outlets. Pietermaritzburg has a number of hospitals and clinics to cater for all medical needs and emergencies, shopping malls, supermarkets and hyper stores, schools, entertainment and sports centres, vets, gyms, clubs, a casino and plenty of restaurants and places of worship.
The closest major airport is Durban International, 120 km away. Small planes can land at the airport in the Oribi suburb of Pietermaritzburg, (30km away) and for those who have their own light aircraft, there is a landing strip 2km away from the estate, on ground owned by Sappi.
For further information please see our Activities page.