South Coast – Umdoni Park
About the Birding
Situated under an hour away from Durban central, the Umdoni Park is one of southern KwaZulu-Natal’s best kept secrets. Under the management of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, the park offers outstanding forest birding with a total checklist of over 250 species including an assortment of highly sought-after species. The name ‘Umdoni’ refers to the Waterberry Tree, which grows along water courses in the reserve and in swampy areas.
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 on the N2 South from Durban towards Port Shepstone and take Exit 93 (Esperenza/Sezela). Turn left onto R102 at the top of the off-ramp and continue approx. 7 km towards Pennington. Turn right into Pennington Drive and after approximately 800 m turn right into Minerva Rd (look out for Umdoni Golf and Birdlife SA signs). Continue straight on to Gravel Road (Don Knight Ave) and through Security Control …