Durban and surrounds – Umhlanga River and Lagoon
About the Birding
The Umhlanga Wastewater Treatment Plant is located next to the Umhlanga River, over the hill and behind Umhlanga Rocks. The plant consists of 4 main settling ponds, two of which are now extensively overgrown with aquatic vegetation. The site is surrounded by dense rank vegetation from lush reedbeds to hedge hibiscus and riverine forest. Some 215 species are known from the site and summer visits should deliver roughly 70 species over a two-hour duration.
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 ponds are reached from Durban by taking the N2 north. Take the Portland Drive exit into Umhlanga Rocks. Turn to the right and follow the road as it bears left up the hill. At the top of the hill, turn right from Herwood Drive onto a dirt road through the fields of Sugar Cane. The road descends into the valley for 2km and into the main parking area.
Notable points of interest include the:
Main entrance: -29.6976, 31.0806
Access and facilities:
No prior permission is needed to visit this site.