Ongoye forest is situated in the Ngoye range of hills in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. It lies at an altitude between 305 and 455 meters and the annual rainfall is between 800 and 1100 mm. It is located approximately 15 km from the coast and 150 km north of Durban, between Mtunzini, Eshowe and Empangeni. You can just follow the signs.
After you leave the tar road, you will go onto a gravel road that is not good in some places, so, you need a high clearance vehicle. It is still worth the effort to go there. The forest is surrounded by grassland. There is 130 bird species and the Green Barbet is endemic.
When you arrive at the park, you must report at the office and you can also ask for a guide here. You can drive through the forest, but we drove to the edge of the forest and then left the vehicles and walk further. The guides know exactly where the barbets usually are and I also saw a magnificent sighting of a Narina Trogon here.
There is a house that you can rent on the premised, but we stayed in Mtunzini. I give Ongoye forest a high five!