South Coast – Harding Dam
About the Birding
The town of Harding is situated in southern KwaZulu-Natal along the southern reaches of the Mzimkulwana River near the border with the Eastern Cape. Named after Sir Walter Harding, who in 1858 became the first Chief Justice in Natal, the town is now a thriving timber and dairy farming area. The region’s water requirements are largely met by the Harding Dam, though this dam reached critical levels as recently as 2019 when the dam completely dried
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
Take the N2 from Port Shepstone to Harding. From the junction at the turn off to the village of Harding, continue along the N2 for about 1.2 km, then turn left onto the road sign posted to Umzimkulu. Follow this road for another 1.1 km and turn off to the right just before the bridge. You will reach the stock sales yard. If you continue on this track, veer off to the left before reaching the Sales yard and follow the track to the dam wall.