South Coast – Empisini Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Established in 1973 over an area of 120 hectares, the Empisini Nature Reserve is a delightful birding site owned by the borough of uMkhomanzi/Umkomaas TLC and managed by the Umkomaas Centre of the Wildlife and Environment society of South Africa. The reserve is named as ‘the place of the hyena’ – though hyenas do not actually occur – which is the name given to the perennial stream that flows through the reserve and into the uMhkomazi River.
About the Birding Site
The South Coast Birding Route in KwaZulu-Natal – spanning from Durban to the southern provincial border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape – comprises a variety of rich sub-tropical habitats ranging from coastal and inland wetlands to extensive grasslands, woodlands and forests. The forest birding to be had in this region is arguably some of the best anywhere in South Africa, featuring an interesting community of birds that is intermediate between the rich afromontane and coastal forests.
Other Related Information
Travel south from Durban on the main N2 freeway. Take the Umkomaas freeway exit to Umkomaas and turn left. Turn left again onto the road signposted to the Nature Reserve and SAICCOR. The turnoff to the reserve is about 1 km down this road on the left, follow the signposts.
Notable points of interest include the:
Main entrance: -30.2071, 30.7742