Themba Mthembu

Themba Mthembu

Themba was born and bred in Northern KwaZulu Natal along the area now known as the “Elephant Coast” (Maputaland) Themba has in depth local knowledge of the Zulu people, the culture, the birds, wildlife and history … all invaluable traits for a guide that can provide you with lifelong memories.

The Elephant coast and specifically the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park (previously known as St Lucia Wetlands Park) – a UNESCO world heritage site – is one of South Africa’s prime birding destinations. With a host of endemics and variety of habitat – a few days birding with Themba will have you coming back for more and more !

Themba is a registered bird guide, trained by BirdLife South Africa and operating along the famous Zululand Birding Route.

Themba is also a member of the Elephant Coast Tourism association and registered guide with Tourism KwaZulu Natal.


“You guided a group of tourists to which I belonged on Oct. 11th this year. I really enjoyed the tour guided by you and thanks for a wonderful day’s birding”
Karl Martin Schmidt (Germany)

“Hi Themba, thanks again for a great days birding, I wont forget that Rosy-throated Longclaw! Your spotting was impressive”
Duncan Pritchard (South Africa)

“We recently spent the day birding with Themba Mthembu around Ndumo – wow – Themba led us to a flowering “schotia” – we had 5 species of Sunbird in 1 tree ! including Plainbacked and Neergards – what a day

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