Durban and surrounds – Palmiet Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Palmiet Nature Reserve in Westville is situated along the gorge of the Palmiet River and is named after the Palmiet Reed which once grew extensively along this river system. The reserve was established in 1972, driven by the local community in effort to slow housing development within the valley. A series of well-marked trails meander through the reserve covering most habitat types. The main trail, the Palmiet Trail, winds along the river through the climax coastal scarp forest.
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
The Palmiet Nature Reserve is located in Westville, which is part of the Greater eThekwini Durban Metropolitan area. It is best reached from the N3 heading west and taking the Westvill off-ramp. Head through Westville along St James Avenue and follow this road until it becomes Attercliffe Road. Then bear right into Jan Hofmeyr Road and continue down the hill. Turn left into Old New Germany Road at the Village Market Centre and follow the road down to the parking area.