South Coast – Lake Eland Game Reserve
About the Birding
Lake Eland Game Reserve is a private reserve, roughly 5000 hectares in size, and is dominated by rolling grassy hills and valley bushveld. The Umzimkulwana River runs through the reserve and a large dam has been constructed on one of its tributaries. The area known as Hell’s Gate consists of a deep gorge with steep rocky cliffs on either side. Birdlife is prolific throughout the reserve and numerous game animals have been introduced into the area.
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 main N2 highway from Port Shepstone to Kokstad. The turnoff to Oribi Gorge is 21km from Port Shepstone. Turn right and follow the road through the gorge to the top on the far side. At the T-junction turn left and follow the tarred road for a few kilometres till you meet a good gravel road, the entrance to Lake Eland reserve is well marked on the left-hand side of the road a short distance from the end of the tar.