Sycamore Fig Tree

Sycamore Fig Tree

No visit to the iSmangaliso wetland park, previously known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, would be complete without spending some time at Mkhuze game reserve, or more precisely the massive sycamore fig forest which is located within the reserve. The Mkhuze Game Reserve is home to a long and impressive list of over four hundred and fifty bird species and is the best viewing site for a large variety of highly sought after Zululand specials.

One of the best birding areas in the park is the Fig Forest along the Mkhuzi River. An abundance of food in the forest attracts multitudes of birds. Sycamore fig trees produce unbelievable amounts of fruit at least twice a year, and the varying fruiting seasons of many of the other trees and plants to be found in the area ensure a steady food supply for the birds throughout the year, either from the fruit itself, or from the insects associated with it. Guided walks through the Fig Forest, usually conducted early in the morning are extremely popular among visitors. When the hundreds of years old fig trees bear fruit, a magnificent cacophony of bird sound can be heard in the forest, from the croaky calls of Broad billed Rollers and energetic signaling of Square tailed Drongos all of which are overshadowed by the deafening wailing of Trumpeter Hornbills.

The birdcalls of the inhabitants of the fig forest provide visitors with a good enough reason to visit the area. Some of the more common birdcalls to be heard there include the bleating bush warbler, greenspotted dove, goldenrumped tinker barbet, purplecrested lourie, sombre bulbul, and redbilled wood hoopoe. Other calls that may be heard include Natal and Heuglin's robin, narina trogon, white-eared barbet, gorgeous bush shrike, black-headed oriole and olive sunbird as well as fish eagle.

Accommodation Near Sycamore Fig Tree

Sleeps: 42 in 19 units/rooms

Biweda Nguni Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mkuze

0.5km North West of Sycamore Fig Tree

Our b&b lodge has 10 rooms, consisting of a suite, a 2 bedroom family unit, 4 units with double beds, 4 units with 2 single beds. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, TV's with DSTV and air conditioners.

Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms

Ghost Mountain Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Mkuze

0.5km North West of Sycamore Fig Tree

Situated in Mkuze near the historical & legendary Ghost Mountain, this 4 Star Country Inn with its welcoming hospitality is central to many game and coastal reserves. Enjoy a variety of Game and Cultural safaris or relax with a pampering Spa treatment

Nkonkoni Tiger Fishing Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

9.0km North West of Sycamore Fig Tree

Nkonkoni is a fisherman's camp that dreams are made of. All the creature comforts one would ever need wrapped in the ruggedness of the unspoilt Maputaland bushveld, on the shores of Lake Pongola.

Umziki Chalets

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Mkuze

11.2km North West of Sycamore Fig Tree

There are seven thatched chalets with two, three and four bed options, accommodating up to 23 guests. All the chalets are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms. Linen, cutlery, crockery and domestic services are all provided. A central ...

Sleeps: 19 in 6 units/rooms

African Spirit Game Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Mkuze

11.3km South of Sycamore Fig Tree

African Spirit Game Lodge, situated 12 km's west of Mkuze, invites guests to experience true luxury and warm African hospitality. The lodge is personally managed by the owners.

Shayamanzi Houseboats

House Boat Accommodation in Lake Jozini / Pongolapoort Dam

20.0km North of Sycamore Fig Tree

Experience the only Game Viewing and Tiger Fishing Houseboats in South Africa on one of its largest dams, Lake Jozini (aka Pongolapoort Lake), on the KwaZulu- Natal North Coast, 3.5 hrs drive from King Shaka International Airport, north of Durban..

uMkhuze Game Reserve

Holiday Resort Accommodation in St Lucia Wetlands

20.8km East of Sycamore Fig Tree

Mkhuze Game Reserve is situated in Northern Zululand, roughly 335 km from Durban. The reserve was established on 15 February 1912 and is 40 000 ha in extent. Today it forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Sleeps: 12

Belvedere Game Ranch

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Pongola

28.9km West of Sycamore Fig Tree

The lodge is situated in the center of the farm surrounded by lush bushveld. Accommodation is in 5 en-suite air conditioned bedrooms. The Lodge has a self catering central kitchen, lounge, dining area, bar & pool. Full catering by prior arrangement.

Sleeps: 9

Sweet Thorn Lodge at Royal Jozini

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lavumisa

32.3km North West of Sycamore Fig Tree

Sweet Thorn is a family bush home with all rooms under one roof, with stunning views of Lake Jozini from the patios and also of the Lebombo Mountains.

Brown's Tented Camp

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Lavumisa

33.0km North West of Sycamore Fig Tree

Recently upgraded and situated on the waterfront just North of the new Marina area, Brown's tented camp is nestled in amongst the acacia bushveld below the Lubombo mountain range. With sweeping views across Jozini Dam and incomparable sunsets