North Coast – Harold Johnson Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Under the administration of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve is a rare example of climax coastal lowland forest. Proclaimed in 1967 and covering more than 100 hectares, the reserve is situated on the south bank of the Tugela estuary 6km from the river mouth. Well over 114 bird species are known to occur, along with the highest diversity of butterflies anywhere in South Africa. The reserve is traversable using two trails, the Remedies & Rituals and Bushbuck trails, offering access to vast areas of coastal grassland and the forest itself.
About the Birding Site
The North Coast – frequently also referred to as the Dolphin Coast – extends from the city of Durban to the Tugela River mouth, located immediately to the south of Richard’s Bay. With its distinct subtropical climate, pristine and extensive beaches, and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean – the region is extremely popular among holiday makers. In addition to the rich beaches, the area offers diverse cultural attractions, magnificent golf courses, and extensive nature reserves.
Other Related Information
Harold Johnson Nature Reserve is located on the southern bank of the Tugela River, immediately north of the N2 freeway. When approaching from Durban, exit the N2 Freeway towards Nkwazi and travel north (inland) for roughly 1km. Turn right onto the R102 and drive in the direction of the Tugela River. Shortly before the Tugela River, turn to the right and follow the signs to Harold Johnson Nature Reserve.
Notable points of interest include the:
Harold Johnson Camp site: -29.2068, 31.4209
The nearest towns to Harold Johnson Nature Reserve are: