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The small 60 hectare oasis of indigenous woodland known as Peddlar’s Bush, set amongst the pine plantations outside Barberton, is a bird lover’s paradise.

Here you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the elusive Orange Ground-thrush or Bush Blackcap, as well as some of the 350+ other species of birds found in the area.

Peddlar’s Bush is located on the dirt road leading to Shiyalongubo Dam.

To get there you take the R38 out of Barberton and head towards Swaziland. At the top of Saddleback pass you will see a sign for Shiyalongubo Dam to the left. Follow it for 10km and you have reached Peddlar’s Bush where the plantation gives way to indigenous woodland (approximate Latitude -25.800315 & Longitude 31.141424). From here stop, get out and spend time listening and looking out for birds.

Photograghs by Warwick Tarboton