South Coast – Mpenjati Public Resort Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The Mpenjati Public Resort Nature Reserve extends over 660 hectares linking the coastal dune forest, beach and lagoon on both the northern and southern banks of the Mpenjati River. The source of the name derives from either the reedbeds lining the river (‘mphenjati’) or may refer to the ‘place of warring buffalo.’ While the exact origin remains unknown, there is little doubt that this is a must-visit site on the South Coast birding route given its proximity between both Margate and Port Edward.
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
The reserve is situated between Margate and Port Edward. Take the N2 freeway from Margate heading south. The reserve lies directly adjacent to the main road on the seaward side and is well signposted. There are entrance roads on both the north and south sides of the river.
Notable points of interest include the:
Mpenjati Public Resort Nature Reserve: -30.9709, 30.28063