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Drakensberg fauna.

There is a surprisingly large amount of animals and birds found in the Drakensberg mountains. A lot of them are endemic to these wild and beautiful mountains.

Malachite Sunbird sitting on a Protea roupelliae (silver protea) in the Drakensberg

Home to nearly 300 recorded bird species, the Drakensberg is one of the best places in South Africa to visit for bird watching.

People come on a trip with Drakensberg Hiker just to see some of these special creatures. Some of the Drakensberg Fauna you are likely to see includes the rare Bearded vulture and Drakensberg Rockjumper.

Also found are specially adapted Klipspringer and the biggest antelope in Africa, the agile Eland.

31 Mar, 2019

Malachite Sunbirds of the Drakensberg

By |2019-07-02T09:12:07+02:00Mar 31st, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Fauna - animals and birds, Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks|Tags: , , , |

Malachite Sunbirds Malachite sunbirds or Nectarinia famosa in Latin are certainly stunning birds. You can tell from their Latin name that they love nectar. However they also eat insects, spiders and small lizards. So really anything small enough. They are quite common especially at higher altitudes and slightly nomadic especially where there are flowers. Check here to read how we try to be eco friendly. In the Drakensberg they are altitudinal migrants. And are [...]