Southern Zululand – Richard’s Bay Mzingazi / Sharks Board area
About the Birding
The Mzingazi Lake, which is the primary water supply of Richard’s Bay extending from the suburbs into the tribal area in a north-easterly direction, is located on commonage ground. There are no protected areas around its perimeter except for the “proposed conservation area” stretching from the Sharks Board to Ferelli Alley along the lake edge and to the John Ross highway to the south. The forested areas comprise climax dune forest and an area mainly described as “sand forest”.
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
Head down the main John Ross Highway towards Meerensee. Take the “Greenhills” turn to your left. After 300m’s Turn left onto the dirt road. Follow the signs to “Parks Depot”. After 200m turn left away from the Parks Depot and follow this road for another 500m turn left into the parking area at the Offices.
Notable points of interest include the:
KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board: -28.7978, 32.0947