Durban and surrounds – Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Krantzkloof is a large and well-known reserve situated west of Durban in the suburb of Kloof, named for the deep gorges formed by the Molweni and Nqutu Rivers. The reserve itself covers around 600 hectares and rises in altitude from 10m above sea level in the east, to almost 500m above sea level at the crest of ridges. The area is dominated by the spectacular gorges, densely vegetated valleys and sheer cliffs with patches of more open grassland and Protea scrub on the crests of the surrounding hilltops.
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
Head west from Durban along the N3 in the direction of Pinetown. Just after the top of Field’s Hill, take the Village Road exit and turn right at the T-junction to cross the highway. Continue along this road, turn right at the next T-junction and cross the railway. From here, follow the signs to Krantzkloof Nature Reserve along Kloof Falls Road.
Notable points of interest include the:
Main entrance: -29.7718, 30.83043
Green Twinspot, Magpie Mannikin, African Crowned Eagle, Chorister Robin-chat, Buff-spotted Flufftail
For more information, contact:
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Tel: +27 (0)31 764 3515