Durban and surrounds – Umgeni River including Burman Bush
About the Birding
The Umgeni River is perhaps one of the most easily accessible and popular birding sites within Durban itself. Access to the river is from either the north or south bank, though the north bank of the river has been developed by the Parks Department of the eThekwini Municipal Council and lay-bys have been provided for visitors to park easily and observe the river. The river itself, including the associated mangroves, is a rich and important feeding site for many species of waterbird.
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
Riverside Road, running along the north bank of the Umgeni River, is accessible by taking the first off-ramp from the N2 heading north after crossing the Umgeni River. Turn left at the first T-junction and follow this road along the bank of the river.
Burman Bush is located in the suburb of Morningside and is reached from the eastern end of Burman Drive.
Notable points of interest include the:
Riverside Road: -29.8081, 31.0228
Burman Bush lower gate: -29.8176, 31.0172
Burman Bush upper gate: -29.8148, 31.0175