Durban and surrounds – Bluff Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Bluff Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1961, making it Durban’s oldest bird sanctuary. Today the reserve is controlled by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The original wetland area was divided during the construction of Tara Road, with the majority of the remaining wetland situated on the eastern flank of this major road. Water levels fluctuate substantially in the vlei, according to local rainfall patterns, and the main water-body has been known to dry in some years.
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
Bluff Nature Reserve is situated in Tara Road, in the Bluff area near the Engen oil refinery. To reach the reserve, head south along the M4 from the City Centre. Take Mobeni/Jacobs off-ramp and turn left in Quality Street. Follow the road to the top of the hill, from where the vlei can be seen, and down the other side towards Tara Road. Turn left and immediately right into the reserve.
Notable points of interest include the:
Main entrance: -29.9383, 30.9911