The Kingfisher Lake is the beautiful garden feature that opens after a peaceful walk in the Iconic Plane Tree Avenue situated in the heart of the Garden. The Lake splits the developed Garden and Natural area. During a sunny day, never miss visiting the lake in the afternoon to enjoy the reflection of the entire natural area into the lake.
This peaceful stretch of open water is very rich in birdlife. Look for different birds, they may be on the water, in the reeds, on the island, on the trees leaning towards the Lake, or even hovering over the pond. You may see the Egyptian goose, cormorant, kingfishers, herons, village weavers, spoonbill, and many other birds. A pair of black ducks are also resident in this area. Pick your listening spot and enjoy the soothing bird’s melody.
The family of Cape clawless otters (Aonyx capensis) is occasionally spotted in the river that flows into the Lake, if you are lucky enough you will see it. The Cape clawless otter occurring here is the largest of the two otters occurring in the sub-region. It is usually active in the early morning and late afternoon and rests during the warm part of the day.
Around the lake is the Turraea Trail, an easy walk which gives excellent views of the lake and several good bird-watching spots. Look out for honeysuckle (Turraea) flowers on the walk. Their sweet fragrance fills the air in September and October.
Birdwatching in the Garden is excellent. Over 183 different species are found in the Garden and more than half of these birds are found on this spot. This high diversity can be attributed to the many indigenous plants in the Garden – each one attracting its particular group of birds to feed, nest, or enjoy shelter. Kingfisher Lake is a haven for the most wetland fauna and flora. Take a picture with the Lake as a backdrop and you will be surprised how much biodiversity will appear in the picture.