North-east Zululand (Elephant Coast) – False Bay Park
About the Birding
False Bay Park is situated along the western shores of Lake St. Lucia and forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. This section of the park supports over 2247 hectares of sand forest, woodland, and mixed patches of open grassland and shoreline. Two trails explore the lake edge and surrounding forests, offering excellent chances for seeing the fantastic birdlife within this area.
About the Birding Site
The Zululand Birding Route in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa was the first of BirdLife South Africa’s avitourism projects and has now been running for nearly two decades. The specific objectives of this project were to promote birding tourism within northern KwaZulu-Natal, which in turn would assist in helping to conserve the birds of Zululand by giving them direct financial value. To date the birding route has trained and mentored over 35 community bird guides, making considerable progress in developing the birding infrastructure within the region.
Other Related Information
From Mtubatuba follow the N2 north towards Mkhuze. After about 55 km take the Hluhluwe turn-off, follow this road through the town of Hluhluwe and follow the well-marked road signs from here. False Bay Park is about 15 km further east of Hluhluwe Railway Station.
Notable points of interest include the:
False Bay camping grounds: -27.9682, 32.3804
False Bay entrance: -27.9800, 32.3538
The nearest towns to False Bay are:
St Lucia: 83km
Richard’s Bay: 115km