North-east Zululand – Tongaland Kosi Bay Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Situated in the extreme north-eastern corner of the KwaZulu-Natal, bordering Mozambique to the north, Kosi Bay offers some of the most exciting birding opportunities in southern Africa. Kosi Bay Nature Reserve comprises 1000 hectares including the estuarine lake system consisting of four inter-linked lakes holding varying levels of fresh and brackish water. The four lakes, Makhawulani, Mpugwini, Nhlange and aManzimnyama are fed by the Siyadla and Nswamanzi Rivers from the south and west respectively.
About the Birding Site
Tongaland describes the extreme North-eastern corner of Kwazulu-Natal bordering Mozambique to the north and flanked to the east and west by the Lebombo Mountains and Indian Ocean, respectively. Much of the region is drained by the Phongolo and Mkhuze Rivers and the area is dominated by the respective floodplains of these two rivers (as well as their tributaries) and is characterised by many shallow pans, Lala palm savannah and bush/forest clumps.
Other Related Information
From Hluhluwe town, follow the R22/Sodwana Bay signposts. Continue for 1.3 km and turn right over the railway line on the R22 towards Sodwana Bay/Mbazwana. Continue straight on the R22 for 124km which will take you past Mbazwana & Mseleni until you reach a large traffic circle. At the traffic circle turn right (third exit) following the sign to KwaNgwanasi / Farazela Border …
Pink-throated and Green Twinspots, Palmnut Vulture, African Cuckoo-hawk, Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Crab-plover, Mangrove Kingfisher
For more information, please contact:
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1002
Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000
Fax: +27 (0)33 845 1001
Kosi Forest Lodge
Tel: +27 (0)35 474 1473