South Coast – Umtamvuna Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Umtamvuna Nature Reserve is the southernmost nature reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, encompassing over 3200 hectares on the northern banks of the Umtamvuna River. The river and its tributaries form magnificent gorges in this area and provide visitors with breath-taking vistas. The name ‘Umtamvuna’ refers to ‘the waters that reap or consume,’ describing the massive flash floods that sweep downstream during the summer months.
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
Follow the N2 south from Durban in the direction of Port Shepstone. From Port Shepstone, take the interchange onto the R61 heading south in the direction of Port Edward. The reserve is sign-posted from the main crossroads in Port Edward. Head west (inland) along Izingolweni Road. Turn left to follow Old Point Road until it reaches the Mtamvuna River. The entrance to the reserve is situated opposite Eden Wilds near the Old Pont Holiday and Sport Resort and Paddlers Restaurant.