Durban and surrounds – Durban bayhead
About the Birding
Once a haven for waterbirds, with extensive mangroves around the edges and large expanses of salt marsh and other wetland, the habitats of the Durban Bayhead have changed dramatically following the development of the Durban Harbour. Only a single stand of mangroves remains, covering 15 hectares of the total 20 hectare reserve. However, the reserve still attracts thousands of Palearctic waders each summer in addition to the resident populations of pelicans, gulls and terns.
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 Durban, head South along Victoria Embankment, keeping right to follow the Maydon Wharf signs. Bare left into Maydon Road and continue along Wisely Road for a short stretch. From here, turn left into Bayhead Road after passing the dry dock on the left. Carry on until the Umbilo Canal is crossed, then turn left into Langeberg Road. Proceed through the old customs gate and across the railway bridge, …