North Coast – Nkona Trail (Dlokwane Forest)
About the Birding
Dlokwane Forest is a rare example of climax coastal forest, located immediately to the north of the coastal village of Zinkwazi. The forest is accessed following a trail that runs northwards towards the mouth of the Tugela River and through sugarcane fields, coastal grassland, vleis and along the beach.
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
The Dlokwane Forest is located immediately to the south of the Tugela River Mouth. The Nkona Trail passes through the forest as well as areas of the surrounding grassland and cane plantations.
Notable points of interest include the:
Seula Conservancy and the Dlokwane Forest: -29.2401, 31.4727
Access and facilities:
Access to the Dlokwane Forest is only possible with a local guide and requires a vehicle with reasonable clearance.