Durban and surrounds – Doreen Clark Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Doreen Clark Nature Reserve is situated in the mistbelt area between Hilton and Winterskloof, just north of Pietermaritzburg. This small reserve is dominated by mistbelt forests, with some isolated grassland patches along the forest edge. It includes a single circular trail system which takes between 30 minutes to an hour to complete and along which all the main special birds can be seen.
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
To reach the Doreen Clark Nature Reserve, follow the N3 north until you reach the Hilton off-ramp. Take this exit and pass through the village of Hilton. Once you reach the main intersection besides the Crossways Hotel, continue straight along the Dennis Shepstone Road. Pass the Police Station on your right and take the first road left after the entrance to Cowan House School (Amy Wilson Drive). Once you reach a T-junction, turn right into St. Michaels’ Road. The reserve is 500m beyond this intersection on the left.