The South Coast Birding Route comprises of a variety of habitats from coastal and wetland environments to forest, woodland and grassland. Above all it is the forest birding to be had here that is unparalleled. Southern Africa has two distinct forest avifaunas, namely the Afromontane forests and the rich tropical forest community that extends down the coast. It is only in the region of the South Coast Birding Route that these two diverse forest assemblages overlap and for this reason birding in this area is extremely profitable. Specials including the northern most population of Knysna Woodpecker and other highly sought after species such as Magpie Mannikin and African Broadbill.

Empisini Nature Reserve is a delightful birding spot established in 1973. It is owned by the borough of uMkhomanzi/ Umkomaas TLC and is managed by the Umkomaas Centre of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa. It is 120ha in extent. ‘Empisini’ means ‘the place of the hyena’ and is the name of the perennial stream that flows through the reserve and into the uMhkomazi River . The reserve is about 1km from the coast just inland of Umkomaas town.

Specials to look out for are Narina Trogon , Spotted Ground-Thrush , Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird , Scaly-throated Honeyguide , Olive Woodpecker , Square-tailed Drongo , Grey Cuckooshrike , Terrestrial Brownbul , Yellow-bellied Greenbul , Red-capped Robin-Chat , Brown Scrub-Robin , Cape Batis , Ashy Flycatcher , Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher , Black Sparrowhawk , Little Sparrowhawk , African Goshawk , Tambourine Dove , Lemon Dove , Knysna Turaco , Purple-crested Turaco , African Emerald Cuckoo , Green Malkoha , Narina Trogon , Trumpeter Hornbill, Black-breasted Snake Eagle and African Black Duck.

Directions

Travel south from Durban on the main N2 freeway. Take the Umkomaas freeway exit to Umkomaas and turn left. Turn left again onto the road signposted to the Nature Reserve and SAICCOR. The turnoff to the reserve is about 1 km down this road on the left, follow the signposts.

Additional Information

There are picnic and braai sites alongside the dam for the use of day-visitors. Several excellent trails meander through the various habitats in the reserve and the trails alongside the Empisini stream provide excellent forest birding. Bird lists and maps are available on request from the contact persons.

Habitats: coastal forest, scrub and pioneer grassland, perennial stream and dam supporting extensive reed and sedge beds

Contact

The Empisini Nature Reserve is owned by the Umkomaas (uMkhomazi) Town Council, but is administered by the local branch of WESSA

Mike Bentley:
Tel: +27 (0)39 973 0093 / +27 (0)39 973 8152

For accommodation, contact: Lesley
Tel: +27 (0)39 973 0093

T.C.Robertson Nature Reserve is situated on the outskirts of the coastal town of Scottburgh on the south bank of the Mpambanyoni River close to its mouth. It is about 60ha in extent and was established in 1989. It is named after the famous author, ecologist and conservationist Dr. Thomas Chalmers Robertson, who lived the past 16 years of his life in Scottburgh. The reserve is part of the townlands of Scottburgh.

Specials to look out for are African Fish-Eagle, Blacksmith Lapwing, Village and Yellow Weavers, Water Thick-knee, Common and Wood Sandpipers, Little Rush Warbler, Terrestrial Brownbul, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Brown Scrub-robin, Red-capped Robin-chat, Chorister Robin-chat, White-starred Robin, Spotted Ground-Thrush, Green Malkoha, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Barratt’s Warbler, African Goshawk, African Harrier-Hawk and Black Sparrowhawk.

Directions

Take the old South Coast main road to Scottburgh, The turn off to the reserve is situated on the southern side of the bridge over the Mpambinyoni river. The entrance is sign posted requiring a sharp turn to the right if you approach from the north (Durban).

Additional Information

No entrance fee is payable at the gate. There are several picnic and braai sites in the reserve, as well as toilets. A system of trails of about 10km in length covers all of the habitats in the reserve.

Booking is unnecessary. Day visitors only.

Contact

Mike Gower
Mobile: +27 (0)082 406 9891

Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve is one of the most important protected areas in southern KwaZulu-Natal . It preserves a magnificent stretch of coastal grassland and coastal forest. The reserve was named after a distinguished local sugar baron and it is under the control of KZN Wildlife. It covers 2189 ha and was established in January 1973. At its closest point, the reserve is about 13km inland from the coast. Its altitude ranges between about 150 m above sea level, in the lowest river valleys in the south of the reserve, up to 610 m in the north.

Specials to look out for are African Crowned Eagle, Martial Eagle, Black Sparrowhawk, Lemon Dove, Grey Crowned Crane, Eurasian Hobby, African Emerald Cuckoo, Green Malkoha, Narina Trogon, Brown Scrub-Robin, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Black-bellied Starling, Green Twinspot, Red-winged Francolin, Broad-tailed Warbler, Short-tailed Pipit, Plain-backed Pipit, Lazy Cisticola, Zitting Cisticola, Wing-snapping Cisticola, Pale-crowned Cisticola, Mountain Wagtail, African Pygmy-Kingfisher, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Greater Honeyguide and Lesser Honeyguide, Forest Buzzard, Rufos-naped Lark, Trumpeter Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill.

Directions

This reserve is marked on most popular road maps. The turnoff to Vernon Crookes is well signposted from the N2 freeway linking Durban and Port Shepstone, and turns inland to Highflats/Ixopo at the Park Rynie/Umzinto flyover. Follow the R612 inland, bypassing Umzinto, for about 12,5km. The turnoff to the reserve is on the right of the road and it is adequately signposted. Follow the gravel road, taking note of the signboards along this route, the main entrance is about 6km off the tar road.

Additional Information

The reserve is open between sunrise and sunset. There is a nominal entrance fee. A 12km network of roads winds through the reserve and visitors are also free to leave their vehicles and walk as there are no dangerous mammals in the reserve. There are several walking trails that provide excellent birding. There are two picnic sites. Toilets can be found at the main camp, at the picnic sites and entrance gate. A comprehensive bird list for the reserve is available from the main office.

Habitats: extensive forest patches, Acacia wood land, grassland, cliffs, numerous rivers, several marshy wetlands and small dams.

Contact

KZN Wildlife Reservations

Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000
Fax: +27 (0)33 845 1001
E-mail: webmail@kznwildlife.com
Website: www.kznwildlife.com

The outstanding forest birding on offer at Umdoni Park is one of South Africa ‘s best kept secrets. The estate is under the management of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa. The name ‘Umdoni’ refers to the water berry tree present on the estate along watercourses and in the swampy areas.

Specials to look out for are Spotted Ground-Thrush, White-starred Robin, and Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler are winter visitors. Characteristic forest birds include, Black Sparrowhawk, Little Sparrowhawk, African Goshawk, Lemon Dove, Knysna Turaco, Purple-crested Turaco, African Emerald Cuckoo, Green Malkoha, Narina Trogon, Trumpeter Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Olive Woodpecker, Square-tailed Drongo, Grey Cuckooshrike, Terrestrial Brownbul, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Brown Scrub-Robin, Ashy Flycatcher, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Southern Boubou, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike , Southern Tchagra, Black-bellied Starling, Grey Sunbird, Olive Sunbird, Dark-backed Weaver, Swee Waxbill, Grey Waxbill , Green Twinspot, Red-backed Mannikin . An exciting recent colonizer is the White-eared Barbet . Magpie Mannikin and Purple-banded Sunbird are possibilities.

Directions

Travel on the N2 South from Durban towards Port Shepstone and take Exit 93 (Esperenza/Sezela). Turn left onto R102 at the top of the off-ramp and continue approx. 7 km towards Pennington. Turn right into Pennington Drive and after approximately 800 m turn right into Minerva Rd (look out for Umdoni Golf and Birdlife SA signs). Continue straight on to Gravel Road (Don Knight Ave) and through Security Control. Shortly after passing through the gates of the estate, there is fork in the road. The road to the left follows the coast along the edge of the golf greens to the golf course clubhouse. Take the road to the right to the picnic site if you wish to do a single days birding.

Additional Information

The estate is open from 06h00 to 18h00. Toilet facilities are available at the clubhouse or at Pennington only a few minutes’ drive away. There is an extensive network of trails through Umdoni and these can be started from either the club house, overnight cottages or the Wildlife and Environment Society’s parking area.

No prior arrangements or bookings are necessary for day visitors.

Contact

Umdoni Park Golf Course
Tel: +27 (0)39 975 1320

This is a relatively recently developed conservation area in the UmzimKulwana river valley, the reserve virtually forms an extension of the well known Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. The area appears to have a slightly drier climate than Oribi Gorge with a more open valley & bushveld type vegetation.

Specials to look out for are Olive Wood-pecker, Knysna Woodpecker, African Finfoot, Emerald Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, Black Cuckooshrike, Striped Pipit, Narina Trogon, African Pygmy-Kingfisher, Knysna Turaco, Purple-crested Turaco, Yellow Weaver, Lemon Dove, Forest Buzzard, Cape Vulture , White- starred Robin, Brown Scrub-Robin and Mountain Wagtail . Common Cuckoo, African Fish-Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Terrestrial Brownbul, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Red-capped Robin-Chat , Brown Scrub-Robin, Cape Batis, Ashy Flycatcher, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Southern Boubou, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike, Southern Tchagra, Black-bellied Starling, Grey Sunbird, Olive Sunbird, Collared Sunbird, Dark-backed Weaver and Swee Waxbill.

Directions

Take the Harding/Kokstad road from Port Shepstone, Travel through Marburg industrial area. Pass through four sets of traffic lights and then proceed for about nine kilometres after the final traffic light to the turnoff on the right, poorly signposted Oribi Flats East (If you miss the turnoff you will come to Merchison Hospital, turn back – you have gone too far). Follow the Oribi Flats East road for about 7 kilometres and just before the bridge over the UmzimKulwana river you will see the NPC factory to the right and Oribi Conservancy entrance to the left.

Additional Information

Facilities consist of a road that leads to a river crossing opposite the picnic site, and braai area. Paths lead from the picnic site along the banks of the river allowing visitors to gain access to the bird rich riparian habitat. There is a bush toilet near the picnic site. At the entrance gate an Information Centre has been constructed with toilet facilities.

Habitat: the area is in a steep gorge with rocky cliffs and valley bushveld lining the slopes. Riverine forest skirts both banks of the Umzimkulwana River that traverses the property.

It is imperative to make prior arrangements to visit this beautiful area.

Contact

Tel: +27 (0)39 687 8900

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is one of the most scenic and easily accessible birding spots in southern KwaZulu-Natal. It is centred on a 24km long stretch of gorge along the Mzimkulwana River. The tarred road winds down the gorge to a bridge that crosses the river, the road subsequently climbs steep gradients to the top of the valley on the far side of the Umzimkulwana, allowing easy access to a large area of the reserve and greatly facilitating birding. The reserve is 1837ha in extent.

Specials to look out for are African Broadbill , Olive Wood-pecker, Knysna Woodpecker, African Finfoot, Emerald Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo , Black Cuckooshrike, Striped Pipit, Narina Trogon, African Pygmy-Kingfisher, Knysna Turaco, Purple-crested Turaco, African Wood-Owl, Yellow Weaver, Lemon Dove, Forest Buzzard, Cape Vulture, White- starred Robin, Brown Scrub-Robin and Mountain Wagtail. Gurney’s Sugarbird, Cape Robin-Chat, Spotted Ground-Thrush and Malachite Sunbird are winter visitors.

Directions

Take the main N2 highway from Port Shepstone to Kokstad. The turnoff to the reserve is 21km from Port Shepstone and is well signposted (ignore the first turnoff marked Oribi Gorge about 10km from Port Shepstone). The turnoff to the main camp is about 200m after you leave the N2. To drive down to the Gorge itself, continue straight on and the road immediately begins to descend into the Gorge. The reserve is about 150km south of Durban.

Additional Information

There is a nominal entrance fee to the reserve. There are attractive picnic sites where the main road in the reserve crosses the river. This area offers some of the best birding at Oribi Gorge. There are several walking trails. These traverse all the major habitats in the reserve. A comprehensive bird list for the reserve is available from the main office. There is a small shop at the camp.

Habitats: the Mzimkulwana River and its side streams are fringed with riverine forest. The gorge is vegetated with forest. Upper plateau comprises of grassland with scattered trees, including stands of Protea trees.

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA SA085). For more information please see: https://birdlife.org.za/conservation/important-bird-areas/iba-directory/item/225-sa085-oribi-gorge-nature-reserve

Contact

KZN Wildlife Reservations

Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000
Fax: +27 (0)33 845 1001
E-mail: webmail@kznwildlife.com
Website: www.kznwildlife.com

This is a private reserve 5000 hectares in extent. At higher altitude open grassy rolling hills dominate, whilst lower down typical valley bushveld vegetation is predominant. The Umzimkulwana River runs through the reserve and a large dam has been constructed on a tributary of this river. The area known as Hell’s Gate consists of deep gorge guarded on both sides by spectacular rocky cliffs. This area leads into the Oribi Gorge. BirdLife is prolific and numerous game animals abound in this reserve.

Specials to look out for are African Shelduck, Lazy Cisticola, African Fish-Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Cape Longclaw, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Black Cuckoo, Black Cuckooshrike, Striped Pipit , Narina Trogon , African Pygmy-Kingfisher, Knysna Turaco, Purple-crested Turaco, African Wood-Owl, Yellow Weaver, Forest Buzzard, Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike, Southern Tchagra, Black-bellied Starling, Eastern Olive Sunbird, Grassbird, Rufous-naped Lark, Familiar Chat, Chin-spot Batis, Streaky-headed Seedeater, Trumpeter Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Grey Crowned Crane, Red-winged Francolin and Shelley’s Francolin.

Directions

Take the main N2 highway from Port Shepstone to Kokstad. The turnoff to Oribi Gorge is 21km from Port Shepstone. Turn right and follow the road through the gorge to the top on the far side. At the T-junction turn left and follow the tarred road for a few kilometres till you meet a good gravel road, the entrance to Lake Eland reserve is well marked on the left hand side of the road a short distance from the end of the tar.

Additional Information

Amenities consist of a restaurant/ Pub with a curio shop and shady picnic sites with basic ablution facilities, situated at scenic spots along the extensive network of game viewing tracks that allow access to remoter parts of the reserve. A lookout point and adrenalin stirring suspension bridge over a section of the gorge are popular sites to visit.

Habitats: at higher altitude open grassy rolling hills dominate, whilst lower down typical valley bushveld vegetation is predominant. The Umzimkulwana River runs through the reserve and is flanked by riverine forest. Steep cliffs and a well vegetated rocky gorge lead the Umzimkulwana River into the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve.

Contact

Shaun
Tel: +27 (0)39 687 039
Mobile: +27 (0)83 257 9468

This small reserve protects the riparian strip on both sides of the Vungu River , just upstream of its mouth. The reserve is about 28ha in extent. Walking trails along the banks of the river provide visitors with the means to penetrate the lush riverine forest and gain access to numerous bird species. No special arrangements are necessary and the reserve may be visited at any time.

Specials to look out for are Green-backed Heron, African Finfoot, African Black Duck, Wahlberg’s Eagle, African Crowned Eagle and African Fish-Eagle. African Wood-Owl, Tambourine Dove, Purple-crested Turaco, and Narina Trogon, Spotted Ground-Thrush, Brown Scrub-Robin and Yellow-bellied Greenbul are frequently encountered. Relatively rare species such as Grey Sunbird, Purple-banded Sunbird, Grey Waxbill and numerous other interesting coastal birds occur in the reserve. Under suitable circumstances the eerie call of the Buff-spotted Flufftail may be heard but it is not often seen.

Directions

The reserve is situated on the KZN south coast between Port Shepstone and Margate. The main road passes over the bridge spanning the Vungu River. The reserve stretches upstream from this bridge. Access can be gained by crossing the Vungu river bridge to the south bank, then turn in at the first road to the right, a few hundred meters along this road past the tennis courts, turn right to Striders Club House. There is plenty of shady parking space alongside the club house. The reserve is about 130km from Durban.

Additional Information

Well-defined walking trails extend upstream from the Uvongo Beach Lodge on the north bank and from the Thure Lilliecrona Park on the south bank. There are picnic spots, braai sites and toilet facilities. However the toilet facilities are dilapidated, therefore toilet facilities should be sought at Uvongo Beach Lodge or elsewhere in the surrounding town of Uvongo.

Habitats: coastline and riverine forest along the river. More open parkland with scattered trees can be found in the Thure Lilliecrona Park.

It is not necessary to make prior arrangements to visit this site.

Contact

iVungu River Conservancy
E-mail: bushboy@mweb.co.za

This reserve encompasses the Mpenjati River Estuary and adjacent areas on both the north and south banks of the river. Linking the coastal dune forest to the lagoon and beach, it is 66ha in extent. The source of the name of the reserve is unclear and refers either to the reedbeds lining the river (‘mphenjati’) or may mean ‘place of warring buffalo’.

Specials to look out for are Half-collared Kingfisher, Water Thick-knee, Osprey, Swift Tern, African Black Oystercatcher, Kittlitz’s Plover and Giant Kingfisher are possibilities on the beach and along the river estuary. Birds that may be encountered amongst the coastal dune forest include, Black-bellied Starling, Red-capped Robin-chat, Brown Scrub-robin, White-browed Scrub-robin, Black-backed Puffback, Forest Canary, Swee Waxbill, Green Twinspot, Black-crowned Tchagra , Orange-breasted Bush-shrike and Grey-headed Bush-shrike.

Directions

The reserve is between Margate and Port Edward. Take the N2 freeway from Durban. It lies directly adjacent to the main road on the seaward side and is well signposted. There are entrance roads on both the north and south sides of the river.

Additional Information

The area is administered by KZN Wildlife. It is not necessary to make bookings prior to visiting the reserve. A nominal entrance fee is payable at the reserve. Picnic sites and ablution facilities with toilets are situated on both sides of the river. There are also well laid out walking trails with boardwalk observation platforms giving outstanding views of the river lagoon and its associated wetlands, the surrounding forests and grassland, and the adjacent coastline.

Habitats: riverine and floodplain marsh habitats, extensive areas of coastal forest, coastal grassland and open coastline and river estuary.

Contact

KZN Wildlife Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000
Fax: +27 (0)33 845 1001

Umtamvuna Nature Reserve is the southernmost nature reserve in KZN. It encompasses the northern bank of the Umtamvuna River and covers 3247ha. At its closest point it is about 3km from the coast and it extends just over 20km inland. The Umtamvuna River and its side streams form magnificent gorges in this area and provide the visitor with breathtaking vistas. The name ‘Umtamvuna’ means ‘the waters that reap or consume’ and refers to the massive flash floods that can sweep downstream during the summer months.

Specials to look out for are Gurney’s Sugarbird and Malachite Sunbird are altitudinal migrants that may be seen here during the cooler months of the year, together with Greater-Double-collared and Amethyst Sunbirds, which they frequent stands of Strelitzia, Aloe and Wild dagga. Yellow-throated Longclaw, Croaking, Wing-snapping and Pale-crowned Cisticolas are easily encountered in the grasslands. A host of typical coastal birds frequent the valley bushveld and riverine forest areas of the reserve. African Crowned Eagle, African Fish-Eagle, and Martial Eagle have been recorded; Green Twinspot, Grey Waxbill, Grey Sunbird, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Orange-breasted Bush-shrike, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Olive Woodpecker, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Common Cuckoo, Barratt’s Warbler and Rufous-winged Cisticola have been seen along the riparian walking trails.

Directions

Follow the main south coast road linking Durban and Port Edward south to the Port Edward crossroads, where the reserve is signposted. Turn right (inland) along the Ezinqoleni Road, about 8km along this road is the well-signposted turnoff to the Beacon Hill entrance. The reserve is about 170km from Durban.

Additional Information

The reserve is open between sunrise and sunset. There is a nominal entrance fee. The rugged nature of the reserve means that there is no network of roads. Visitors may use the well-developed hiking trails to ramble about the reserve on foot. It is not necessary to make prior arrangements to visit this reserve.

Habitats: coastal forest, thickets of valley bushveld, tall cliffs and the Umtamvuna River fringed with riverine forest. Grassland covers the upper plateau regions, with scattered trees, including Proteas.

Umtamvuna Nature Reserve is an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA SA086). For more information please see: https://birdlife.org.za/conservation/important-bird-areas/iba-directory/item/226-sa086-umtumvuna-nature-reservei

Contact

The Officer in charge
KZN Nature Conservation Services

Tel: +27 (0)39 311 1932

It is not necessary to make prior arrangements with the land owner in order to visit this venue. Please just respect the land – no littering etc. Runaway fires are a hazard during dry periods. No braai fires in winter please. Specials to look out for are Yellow-billed Duck, Egyptian Geese and Spur-winged Geese. This is an excellent spot for South African Shelduck, White-faced Duck, African Black Duck, Cape Teal, Hottentot Teal, Red-billed Teal, Cape Shoveller and Southern Pochard.

Other birds that may be detected at the water’s edge include, Blacksmith Lapwing, Spotted Thick-knee, Little Egret, Grey Heron and African Snipe. In the adjacent grasslands birds like African Marsh-Harrier, Red-winged Francolin, Long-tailed Widow, Rufous-naped Lark, Cape Longclaw, Wing-snapping Cisticola, Zitting Cisticola and Wailing Cisticola may be found.

Directions

Take the N2 from port Shepstone to Harding. From the junction at the turn off to the village of Harding, continue along the N2 for about 1.2 km, then turn left onto the road sign posted to Umzimkulu. Follow this road for another 1.1 km and turn off to the right just before the bridge. You will reach the stock sales yard if you continue on this track, veer off to the left before reaching the Sales yard and follow the track to the dam wall.

Additional Information

It is not necessary to make prior arrangements with the land owner in order to visit this venue. Please just respect the land – no littering etc. Runaway fires are a hazard during dry periods. No braai fires in winter please.

Weza-Ngele Forest is one of the largest and most accessible tracts of Afromontane mistbelt forest in KwaZulu-Natal . A good system of trails allows access to large parts of the forest. It is 80km inland from the coast and the altitude of the forest spans about 1250 – 1550 m above sea level. This forest is a prime site for the much sought after Cape Parrot. There are several short trails in the lower reaches of the forest. The more energetic may like to take on the half-day circular hike that loops through the upper forest.

Specials to look out for are Orange Ground-Thrush, Cape Parrot, and Bush Blackcap. Other birds that can be seen include African Olive-Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Knysna Turaco, African Emerald Cuckoo, Narina Trogon, Trumpeter Hornbill and Crowned Hornbill, Olive Woodpecker, Terrestrial Brownbul, Sombre Greenbul, Grey Cuckooshrike, Chorister Robin-Chat and White-starred Robin, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Barratt’s Warbler (particularly common), Bar-throated Apalis and Yellow-breasted Apalis, Green-backed Camaroptera, Cape Batis, African Dusky Flycatcher, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Olive Bush-Shrike, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Collared Sunbird, Dark-backed Weaver, the delightful Swee Waxbill and Green Twinspot.

Directions

The forest is situated between the towns of Harding and Kokstad, and North of the small forestry town of Weza. From Durban follow the N2 freeway down the coast to Port Shepstone and then inland to Harding. About 28km after Harding, the Ingeli Forest Lodge is visible on the left-hand side of the road. Immediately after this, the N2 goes directly through a large part of the forest. It is best to park at the Ingeli Forest Lodge parking area to gain access to the forest.

Additional Information

Weza-Ngele Forest is under state control. A day-permit, for which there is a nominal charge, can be obtained from the Ingeli Forest Lodge reception.

A network of trails and forestry roads pass through the forest and it is best to ask for directions to these from the reception desk at the Ingeli Forest Lodge, from where a map may be obtained. A nominally priced permit is required to use the trails. Refreshments, toilet facilities and a comprehensive bird list covering the Weza-Ngele area are also available at the lodge.

Habitats: natural forest, upland grassland, dams, streams and wetlands.

Contact

Tel: +27 (0)39 553 0600

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