Durban and surrounds – New Germany Nature Reserve
About the Birding
New Germany Nature Reserve forms a part of the extensive New Germany Commonage, which has a long and chequered history, starting with the establishment of the farm Claremont. There has been much discussion about the status of various sections of the area and this resulted in the formation of the New Germany Nature Research in 1986, consisting of two main sections: the Nature Park on the north side of Mountain Ridge Road, and the Nature Reserve on the south side.
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 the N3 west out of Durban, take the glide-off towards the M13 to Pinetown and shortly thereafter the Stapleton Road off-ramp. Turn right at the traffic lights and follow Stapleton Road through another set of traffic lights and down the hill. At the bottom, turn right into Mountain Ridge Road, where New Germany Nature Reserve is signposted. Follow this road up a steep hill and turn left at the top to get to the gate. Both parts of the reserve are controlled by the Borough of New Germany and are open during normal office hours (07:30 to 17:00).