Wildlife Spotlight

Wildlife Spotlight | 25th August 2017

Wildlife Spotlight: Discover the impressive nest-building of the colourful and prolific weaver bird.

On safari at Shambala Private Game Reserve in South Africa, there’s always an opportunity to spot wildlife, even in the midst of Zulu Camp itself. The safely enclosed camp’s eight luxurious chalets and open air living spaces are perched on a body of water, allowing sights and sounds of bush creatures all year round. A particular highlight is the local weaver birds that decorate Zulu Camp’s waterside trees with their spectacular nests.

WEAVER BIRDS
The architects of the avian world, weaver birds get their name because of their elaborately woven nests. No other bird creates such intricate homes. Drooping from tree branches, male birds gather together leaf fibres, grass and twigs to create their teardrop-shaped nests.

WHEN TO SPOT
These unique structures can be seen during the breeding season, as males build nest after nest to attract females. Nesting typically occurs during the spring and summer months here in the Southern Hemisphere, and is truly a sight to behold.

LEARN MORE
As well as a huge variety of bird species, Shambala Private Game Reserve is home to South Africa’s Big Five. A private game reserve covering nearly 10,000 hectars, Shambala offers safari experiences in South Africa like no other.

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