Durban City North Nature Reserves

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Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve in Durban North

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Durban North

The Beachwood Mangroves is a delightful mangrove estuary lying north of the Umgeni River Mouth. Within the nature reserve are red, white and black mangroves, fiddler crabs, mudskippers, kingfishers and other bird species. Several interesting walking routes have been laid out. The key to the southern entrance can be obtained (after paying a deposit) at the northern gate off fairway drive.

Hawaan Forest in Umhlanga Rocks

Hawaan Forest

Nature Reserve in Umhlanga Rocks

The Hawaan Forest is a stunning indigenous woodland that dates back to hundreds of years. This beautiful sanctuary is home to valuable tropical tree species and various birds and animals. Not far is Umhlanga Ponds, one of the best birding sites on the North Coast. Entry is restricted to guided walks held on Saturdays at 8am. Bookings are essential: +27 (0) 31 566 4018.

Japanese Gardens in Durban North

Japanese Gardens

Nature Reserve in Durban North

The gardens feature Japanese stuctures laid out in a traditional style. The Japanese Garden ponds attract a variety of water birds. There are picnic areas and a playground. The gardens are open seven days a week and entrance is free

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve in Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Umhlanga Rocks

The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve borders the northern section of Umhlanga Rocks. It’s here that the beachfront O'Connor Promenade ends and where the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail begins. This is a must do trail for keen walkers and nature lovers. A well-marked footpath meanders through pristine coastal forest to boardwalks that span the Ohlange River. Vervet monkeys, tiny antelope and a kaleidoscope of butterflies and birds can be seen. Look out for rare Coastal Red Milkwood trees and Blue Duiker antelope. A Stone Age midden can be found near the lagoon, a popular spot for parasailing and windsurfing. Benches and picnic spots are strategically positioned.

Umhlanga Ponds in Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Ponds

Nature Reserve in Umhlanga Rocks

Situated at the edge of Umhlanga Rocks is The Ponds, a haven for many wetland and coastal forest birds and one of the best bird watching sites on the coast. Keen bird watchers come here mostly to utilize the two hides.

Nature Reserves near Durban City North

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve in Durban North

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Durban North(5.4 km from Durban City North)

The Beachwood Mangroves is a delightful mangrove estuary lying north of the Umgeni River Mouth. Within the nature reserve are red, white and black mangroves, fiddler crabs, mudskippers, kingfishers and other bird species. Several interesting walking routes have been laid out. The key to the southern entrance can be obtained (after paying a deposit) at the northern gate off fairway drive.

Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve in Albert Falls

Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Albert Falls(80.7 km from Durban City North)

One of the largest dams in KwaZulu-Natal, Albert Falls Dam and Nature Reserve is a popular playground for sailors, canoeists, twitchers, hikers, horse riders and fisherfolk. The dam is rated one of the best bass fishing dams in the world and an international bass fishing competition is held there annually. The reserve has abundant bird life as well as zebra and several antelope species. In winter Otto's Bluff is worth checking out when the aloes are flowering.

Amatikulu Nature Reserve in Amatikulu Nature Reserve

Amatikulu Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Amatikulu Nature Reserve(92.8 km from Durban City North)

Amatikulu Nature Reserve is perfect for a weekend getaway or for a day trip from Durban, Eshowe, Mtunzini or Richards Bay. The small reserve is situated on the coast between the Tugela and Amatikulu Rivers. It is one of the few places in Southern Africa where wildlife can be seen grazing on forested dunes overlooking the sea. Explore the reserve in a canoe, 4X4 vehicle or on foot. The coastal forest grasslands and rivers attract numerous birds, including the rare African fin foot. Keen birders can hire trained bird guides from the local community. Giraffe, zebra, waterbuck and smaller antelope are frequently seen. The beach offers good surf angling. Need to know? Canoes are available for hire at R50 per day. An entrance fee is payable at the gates, open from 07:00 to 17:00.

 

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