North-east Zululand – iSimangaliso Monzi-Futululu Park
About the Birding
The Monzi-Futululu Park covers an area of more than 1800 hectares of coastal forest, between Mtubatuba and St. Lucia. The area is included within the Futululu Section of the Dukuduku Forest, and within the Greater St. Lucia World Heritage Site. The reserve offers an environmentally friendly caravan and camping resort, including several fully serviced self-catering chalets, and is within easy reach of the town of St. Lucia.
About the Birding Site
The iSimangaliso Wetlands Reserve has recently been proclaimed as a World Heritage Site and is one of South Africa’s oldest reserves established in 1895. The lake itself covers an area of around 38 000 hectares and is one of South Africa’s most important waterbird breeding sites. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park includes Mkhuze and Sodwana Bay, though these sites are treated separately. The surrounding habitats are extremely complex and varied including the estuary and its floodplains, numerous pans, dune and sand forests, coastal thickets, mangroves and grassland.
Other Related Information
From Durban or Johannesburg (via Pongola), take the N2 highway to Mtubatuba, which is situated about 100km south of the Hluhluwe offramp. Follow the St. Lucia signs. From Mtubatuba, drive for 16km and turn right at the Monzi/ Futululu signs. Travel for 7km and turn right into the park entrance.
Notable points of interest include the:
Monzi-Futululu Park: -28.4382, 32.2907