North Coast – SAPPI Tranquila (Stanger)
About the Birding
Situated immediately outside KwaDukuza (Stanger), the Sappi Paper Mill has granted birders access to the settling pans besides the main factory. In recent years, the site has gained appreciation as one of the top birding sites on the North Coast birding route playing regular host to rarities. Among these are the Spotted Crake, Western Yellow Wagtail and White-throated Bee-eater. In conjunction with the Blythedale Conservancy, the mill has erected a bird hide overlooking a small pan surrounded by lush reedbeds.
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
Stanger is located 70km to the north of Durban, following the N2 freeway. Take the Stanger exit off the N2 and, after 1km and immediately after crossing a bridge, turn to the left towards the Sappi Stanger Mill. The mill is located 3km down this road. Visitors are required to report to the security office to sign an indemnity form and to collect the keys to the bird hide and picnic site.
Notable points of interest include the:
Sappi mill: -29.3633, 31.2976
Sappi Stanger bird hide: -29.3630, 31.3035