Durban and surrounds – Cumberland Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Cumberland Nature Reserve blankets over 300 hectares in the Table Mountain area, just east of Pietermaritzburg. Besides a wonderful selection of savannah species, one is able to see a variety of wetland, forest, and rock-loving species. Spectacular scenery and pristine habitats add to the appeal of this reserve. Birding is generally good with 227 species recorded to date, with some 80 species expected on a morning walk.
About the Birding Site
The eThekwini Metropolitan Area (Durban) is a major harbour city situated on the east coast of South Africa. It serves as the most accessible port of entry into the KwaZulu-Natal province with daily flights to all other major cities in South Africa, and further afield (e.g. Mauritius, Dubai). The city and surrounding towns are popular among holidaymakers, given the sub-tropical climate and extensive beaches along the rich waters of the Indian Ocean. Moreover, the city falls within a global biodiversity hotspot – the Maputaland-Pondolona-Albany (MPA) Hotspot.
Other Related Information
From the N3 highway heading north through Pietermaritzburg, take the Ohrtman Road offramp. Turn north-east and follow Ohrtman Road past Meadow Feeds and Epol Feeds. Cross the first intersection, before turning right onto the M30 towards Table Mountain. After 0.8km, turn to the left onto the M30 Table Mountain Road and follow this stretch for 3.3km. Turn right to follow Table Mountain Road for a further 1.8km. Cumberland Nature Reserve will be well sign-posted on your left following the D406. The reserve is 6.5km down this road.
Shelley’s Francolin, Fan-tailed Grassbird, Red-headed Quelea, Orange-breasted Waxbill, Narina Trogon, Mocking Cliff-chat
For general enquiries and accommodation bookings, contact:
John & Stella Behn (owners)
Tel: +27 (0)33 390 3088
Cell: +27 (0)82 337 1056
Alt Cell: +27 (0)82 376 5600