Southern Zululand – Richard’s Bay Enseleni Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The Enseleni Nature Reserve is a small reserve under the management of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife on the immediate outskirts of Richard’s Bay, covering just 293 hectares. It protects areas of coastal grasslands and forest as well as the Nseleni River, after which the reserve is named.
About the Birding Site
Southern Zululand is perhaps the premier forest birding route in all of KwaZulu-Natal, home to a rich diversity of species in a mix of different habitats. Starting on the warm coast of Zululand, between Mtunzini and Richard’s Bay, the route offers many estuarine swamp forests supporting impressive numbers of threatened species including the Mangrove Kingfisher and Black-throated Wattle-eye. Coastal forests here are equally rich in species and are perhaps the best areas anywhere in South Africa to search for the Spotted Ground Thrush (mainly a winter visitor) and Palm-nut Vulture.
Other Related Information
The reserve is situated 11 km north of Empangeni on the N2 freeway. The entrance gate is on the western side of the road.
Notable points of interest include the:
Main entrance to Enseleni Nature Reserve: -28.6967, 31.9880
Access and facilities:
Two trails lead through the nature reserve, offering access to all main habitats. A small picnic site is also provided with braai facilities.