South Coast – Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is one of the most scenic and easily accessible birding sites on the South Coast birding route in KwaZulu-Natal. It is centred on a 24km long stretch of gorge along the Mzimkulwana River, neighbouring the Oribi Conservancy/Idwala Nature Reserve, and covering an immense area of 1837 hectares. The main tarred road through the reserve winds down the gorge to a bridge that crosses the river, before subsequently climbing the steep gradient on the far side of the Umzumkulwana.
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 the reserve is 21km from Port Shepstone and is well signposted (ignore the first turnoff marked Oribi Gorge about 10km from Port Shepstone). The turnoff to the main camp is about 200m after you leave the N2. To drive down to the Gorge itself, continue straight on and the road immediately begins to descend into the Gorge. The reserve is about 150km south of Durban.