North Coast – Tugela Estuary
About the Birding
The Tugela River estuary is located at the extreme northern limit of the North Coast birding route, just to the north of KwaDukuza. The river itself is the largest river in KwaZulu-Natal and is one of the most important river systems in all South Africa. The estuary and its associated floodplain support a plethora of interesting freshwater and coastal species and serve as an incredibly rewarding birding site, particularly in the early mornings.
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
Tugela Mouth is located roughly 90km to the north of Durban following the N2 Freeway. Shortly after crossing the Tugela River, take the sign-posted exit and continue south towards the coast towards the Tugela Mouth.
Notable points of interest include the:
Tugela River Mouth: -29.2222, 31.5007
Access and facilities:
Limited shopping facilities and a fuel station are available in the small settlement on the northern bank of the Tugela Mouth.