Durban and surrounds – Umbogavango Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The Umbogavango Nature Reserve was established at the site of the storm water trap dams, servicing the AECI industrial site at Umbogintwini. These dams collect storm water and run off from the factory site to prevent any pollution of the Amazintoti River and, given the high nutrient supply, have subsequently become a haven for waterfowl – especially in the summer months when resident populations are augmented by Palearctic and intra-African migrants.
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.
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The reserve is reached from Moss Kolnik Drive off the N2 heading South of Umbogintwini. Turn right over the N2 and, about 1km further, turn right into the AECI factory entrance.
Access and facilities:
Note that prior permission must be attained from security in advance of your visit and an indemnity form must be signed at the security entrance. Two trails lead through the property and provide access to three bird hides, which overlook the small dams. Safe parking and toilet facilities are available, and numerous restaurants can be found nearby.