North-east Zululand – Tongaland Ndumo Game Reserve
About the Birding
Ndumo Game Reserve is situated on the banks of the Phongola and Usutu rivers and lies adjacent to Mozambique on the northern coastal plain of KwaZulu-Natal. Despite its relatively small size (about 9000 hectares), Ndumo Game Reserve is one of the most attractive reserves in southern Africa. Although there are no big herds of game to be seen – the fever tree and fig tree woodlands, the many large pans and amazing birdlife well make up for this.
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 Mkhuze follow the N2 northwards towards Candover and after approximately 10km’s turn right to Jozini. Drive through Jozini and follow the signposts to Ndumo. The last 14km stretch of road is quite rough. From Jozini, Ndumo camp is about 80km’s.
Notable points of interest include the:
Main entrance: -26.9121, 32.2635
The nearest towns to the main rest camp at Addo Elephant National Park are: