Durban and surrounds – Beachwood Mangroves
About the Birding
The Beachwood Mangroves are situated just 6km north of Durban central, protecting a small area of indigenous mangrove vegetation besides the Umgeni Estuary. The area is controlled by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and a small hide and resource centre have been set up near the mangroves. Several short walks also lead through the mangrove system, including a short path that leads through the nearby dune vegetation; both habitats full of interesting plant and animal life. In the mangrove vegetation, search for Black-throated Wattle-eye, Green Malkoha, Purple-banded Sunbird, and Mangrove Kingfisher (mainly in winter).
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
The Beachwood Mangroves are situated on the seaward side of the M4. When heading north, take the first turnoff after crossing the bridge and, after a short distance, turn sharp left onto a gravel road and follow this into the parking area for the Beachwood Mangroves. All trails and the boardwalk lead from the main parking area.
Notable points of interest include the:
Main parking area: -29.8077, 31.0383