Durban and surrounds – uMhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The Umhlanga River is a relatively unspoilt estuary at the northern end of Umhlanga Rocks, just to the north of Durban centre. A short trail leads through the intact dune forest and over the lagoon, covering many different habitats and offering an easy and pleasant walk.
From the main parking area, follow the trail through the Typha beds towards the staff quarters where the trail divides. The right-hand path climbs the primary dune and follows its crest towards the mouth and through a portion of magnificent Milkwood dominated dune 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
Take the N2 north out of Durban and exit onto Portland Drive. Turn right at the first T-junction and then immediately right again. Turn left into Newlands Drive immediately after driving under the M4 bridge, the left at the stop sign into Lagoon Drive. The entrance to the reserve is at the cul-de-sac at the end of the road.
Notable points of interest include the:
Main entrance: -29.7129, 31.0922