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Nature Reserves

Durban Outdoors
 
Durban Tourism
 Durban Natal
 
Durban Natal Picnics, trails, treks, birdlife, big game, small game - all on more than 30 nature reserves within 10 miles of the City Centre.
Durban Natal

The Durban Municipal Open Space System (D'MOSS) is designed to link nine parks using existing open spaces and river valleys to create a network of trails so that a visitor may be able to walk from one end of Durban to the other without realizing that they were in a city. Many of the reserves below form part of this system.


Burman Bush

Three trails in a small (50 hectares) patch remnant coastal bush that is virtually unchanged since early settlers arrived at Durban in the 1850s.

There are several walks, including the Pithi walk which is 500m long and takes about 30 minutes; the Hadeda walk, at 1km long, takes about an hour; and for the 2km Forest Olive trail allow about two hours. Each of the three trails is marked by coloured arrows at ground level.

There are some very active troupes of vervet monkeys so watch your food!
Facilities
A visitor centre which is open every day from 07.30 to 16.00; a car park, braai and picnic sites, and public toilets.

Burman Drive, Morningside. Durban Parks & Recreation, PO Box 3740, Durban.Mon - Fri: 07.30 - 16.00 Contact: 211303

Beachwood Mangroves

This is a KwaZulu Wildlife ReserveNatal South Africa 2010Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve (76ha) has the largest population of mangrove trees in the Durban area (there is one remaining threatened patch in the Bay).

In the reserve you are sure to encounter the strange mudskippers - fish that use their pectoral fins to either skim over the water or to propel themselves across the mud. There are also thousands of fiddler crabs with their single large claw and an assortment of molluscs.

There are three trails in the reserve, taking the visitors to the bird hide and to the swamp, where waders come to feed. There is a picnic site and thatched gazebo.

Off Riverside Road, Durban North.Sat/Sun only 08.00 - sunset. Contact: 835591
or KwaZulu Wildlife Durban Office: Contact: 031 251271

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

This is a KwaZulu Wildlife ReserveNatal South Africa 2010The Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, comprising 250 hectares of forest and grassland, is home to zebra, impala, bushbuck and blue, red and grey duiker and approximately 200 species of birds.

There are four trails including a 500m trail for the physically disabled and sight-impaired. The 6km Mkumbi Trail takes about three hours to complete, the 3km Yellow trail requires about one hour and then the 500m Brown Trail about 30 minutes.

There are braai facilities and night drives can be arranged. 06.00 - 18.00.

90 Coedmore Road, Yellowood Park Contact: 031 469 2807 or 031 427030 or 031 421125
Umgeni River Walk

An easy stroll of 1,9 km taking about three-quarters of an hour, one way will enable you to observe a wide variety of water birds and waders that inhabit the river including pelicans and egrets.
Canoe Trails:

The Parks Department has four broad-base canoes available for canoe trails. You can book this trail by phoning 211303.

The trail consists of an easy paddle upstream to observe the birds on the islands or a leisurely paddle up the Beachwood Mangrove Creek looking at the mangrove ecology. Life jackets are supplied for your safety.

Riverside Road, Durban North Contact: 211303

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

There are estuarine forest, dune forest and coastal forest here (26ha). A raised walkway takes visitors across the estuary. An excellent reserve for forest and estuarine bird watching especially fish eagle. There are also duiker and bushbuck.

Adjacent to Breakers Hotel, Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks. Sugarcoast Tourism: Contact: 561 4257
Contact the KwaZulu Wildlife or 031 251271
Hawaan Forest

A tract (55ha) of primeval forest that is birdwatcher's paradise situated adjacent to the peaceful Umhlanga Lagoon. No forest of this type exists elsewhere in South Africa. Duiker, mongoose, mamba and python may be found here. 07.00 to 12.00 & 13.00 to 16.30 daily.

Umhlanga Lagoon. Contact: 5611101 for visiting arrangements.

Virginia Bush

Regenerating, climax coastal bush and the best bird watching site in Durban. There is a circular trail right round the reserve of about 1,5km., a pond and a monthly guided walk.

Visitor centre, public toilets.

Contact: 211303.

Pigeon Valley

A Natural Heritage Park which has original coastal climax forest in which many of the forest giants, particularly the Natal elm, survive. A good birding site for forest birds in particular.
The Natal Elm trail around the park, up one side of the valley and down the other, is 400m long. If you follow the waterway through the open centre of the park and back - and many people prefer to do this in summer when the mosquitoes are biting - the distance is 600m.

Contact: 211303.

Silverglen

The largest single piece of public land (220ha) comprising coastal grassland and bush clump mosaic that remains in the Durban municipal area. The first nursery of medical plants in Africa is incorporated in the reserve, which also boasts about 150 bird species and some 120 tree species.
The Nursery trail, about 1km long and ideal for school groups, takes about 30 minutes to complete. The Grassland trail, about 2km long, takes 2 to 2,5 hours to walk at a gentle amble.

This trail is self guided, but on the third Saturday of each month it is also led by a member of the Parks Department staff, and leaves the visitor centre at 07.30.

A third trail, the Pipeline Loop trail, is a continuation of the Grassland trail.
There is a nursery selling medicinal plants, visitor centre, guided trails, picnic and braai areas, car park and public toilets.


Seaton Park

An island of coastal forest in suburbia - just 6ha. A wide range of interesting plants and forest birds. A small playground for children.
The Yellowood trail and the Bamboo trail, plus linking portions of the boundary path, cover just over 1km in total.
You can walk around the park in half-an-hour but if you begin to sample the plants and birds, expect to stay for at least two hours.
There are children's playground, toilets.

Contact: 211303.
The Bluff (Happy Valley) Nature Reserve

This is a KwaZulu Wildlife ReserveA 45ha combination of grassland, wetland and coastal forest combine to make this reserve a birdwatcher's paradise for which there is a small hide. There are also duiker and mongoose. Open daily.

Contact KwaZulu Wildlife

Treasure Beach

This 600 acre reserve encompasses a variety of botanical habitats including dune forest, mangrove swamps and wetlands. There is plenty of additional activity in the marine rock pools as well as an educational centre.

The educational project encourages children and adults to become more aware of their environment by means of a successful hands-on approach. There are special holiday programmes and moonlight hikes.

835 Marine Drive, Bluff. Mon - Fri: 08.00 - 16.00 Contact: 478507
Alverstone Environmental Refuge

Zebra, impala, blesbok, ostrich and wild boar are only some of the animals that you'll encounter only 30 minutes from Durban's city centre. There are picnic and braai sites, trails, a thatched boma and a hide next to a waterhole. Game guards are available to give you more information.

Alverstone (off the N3 to Pietermaritzburg at the Assagay offramp) Contact: 083 775 3151

Krantzkloof Gorge Nature Reserve

This is a KwaZulu Wildlife ReserveA return overlibmatic reserve (530ha) around and within the spectacular gorge of the eMolweni River with kloofs and krantzes, streams and waterfalls.

A must for bird watchers (more than 200 species including Wahlberg's eagle and the crowned eagle) - particularly those who are interested in raptors.

There are also zebra, bushbuck, bushpig, mongoose, clawless otter, duiker and monkey that may be seen on more than 20kms of trails. There are two picnic sites and a braai area.

Walks from both picnic sites enter the gorge. 06.00 - 18.00.

152 Kloof Falls Road, Kloof (approx. 20kms west of Durban on the R103. Signposted)
KwaZulu Wildlife, PO Box 228, Kloof, 3640 Contact: 031 7643515

New Germany Nature Reserve

This small reserve (110ha) has picnic sites, trails, braai sites and a hide at a waterhole. You can see zebra,nyala, impala, reedbuck, samango monkeys, vervet monkeys, bushbuck, duiker and other animals - including over 120 species of birds.

There is also a walk through aviary and interpretative centre. The grassland is covered in wildflowers in the springtime.

Off Mountain Ridge Rd. Pinetown (Approx. 20kms west of Durban), New Germany Parks Dept., PO Box 2, New Germany, 3620 Contact: 031 7054360

Palmiet Nature Reserve

The location of this reserve is in the delightful Palmiet River valley. There is a 3 hour guided trail offered on the morning of the first Sunday and a lunch braai and guided trail on the third Sunday as well as sunset trails. There are four trails in total. The area covers grassland to riverine forest. There are four trails.

The Wildlife Association of South Africa, 100 Brand Rd., Durban. Contact 213126 219525fx.
Westville Municipality, PO Box 39, Westville, 3630 Contact: 031 861331

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

Natal South Africa 2010Situated along the Umbilo River, the 100ha reserve has several graded trails and picnic and braai sites on the banks of the river.

The waterfall is particularly beautiful above which is Durban's original waterworks. Visitors may see mongoose, bushbuck, duiker and otter. 07.00 - 17.00 daily.

Eden Rd. Off Stapleton Road, R103 just before Pinetown.
Pinetown Parks Dept, PO Box 49, Pinetown, 3600 Daily: 07.00 - 17.00 Contact: 031 723 443
Ilanda Wilds Nature Trail

There are three self guided trails where you may encounter prolific birdlife (over 100 species) or troupes of vervet monkeys (14ha). There are picnic and braai sites.

Isundu Drive, Amanzimtoti. approx. 30kms South of Durban. Contact: 9037498
Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary

The sanctuary is 2ha in extent and consists of lawns surrounding open water. There is a self guided trail on which one may encounter some of the 150 species of birds that have been recorded here.

06.00 - 18.00 Contact 9032121

Shongweni Resources Reserve

Mkangoma Bush Camp How about a weekend in a bush camp but only 20 minutes from Durban?

Head out to the lovely Shongweni Dam just the other side of Pinetown and spend a few nights in the Mkangoma bush camp nestled beneath Mkangoma Hill. The camp is self catering but comes with a game guard and cook.

You will encounter rhino, giraffe, warthog, a variety of buck and buffalo as well as 200 species of birds amidst spectacular cliffs and kloofs.

There is also an Adventure School that organizes both adults and children into activities such as abseiling, kayaking, raft building, orienteering and others.

The 3km self guided Ntuni Trail enables visitors to see antelope, zebra and other small mammals and there are also horse rides available.

Shongweni approx. 40kms west of Durban on the N3. Signposted at the top of the hill above the Marianhill Toll Booth. Daily: 06.00 - 18.00 Msinsi Holdings. Contact: 031 769 1283

The Inanda Resources Reserve

Inanda Dam The Inanda Dam is the newest of the dams to supply Durban with water and is located on the Umgeni and signposted after turning right in Hillcrest town centre.

There are picnic and braai spots and watersports. The Tamboti Trail is about 1km on which visitors can see some of the birdlife around the dam. Being fairly new, the dam is as yet relatively undeveloped.

Msinsi Holdings. Contact: 7691283

Roosfontein Nature Reserve

There are 2 circular walks over the grassland of the reserve. The reserve borders the Umbilo valley. It is in the process of being developed.

Spine Road, Westville. Contact: 2037067
Westville Municipality, PO Box 39, Westville, 3630 Contact: 031 861331
Umbogavango Nature Reserve

Natal South Africa 2010If you're into birds, then make sure you don't miss this little reserve!

Moss Kolnick Drive, AECI, Umbogintwini, before Amanzimtoti on the N2 South. Contact: 949 2081 for a permit.
Umdloti Trails

There are two trails through the coastal bush.

Umdloti Conservancy Contact: 5611101
The Ingweni Trail - Kloof & Gillits suburbs

 Overnight Accomm. The 1 - 3 day hike normally takes place during the winter months in parties of 12 and forms part of the Open Space System (D'MOSS) of trails around Durban.

Although the trail is marked as a 3 day trail, the first day may be taken on its own and occupies around 10kms and 10 hours should be allowed. The trail passes from the Clive Cheeseman Nature Reserve to St. Helier. It passes through Tanglewood Farm where the Umbilo River has its source.

Book at the Wildlife Society.

Book at the Wildlife Association of South Africa, 100 Brand Rd., Durban.Contact: 213126/219525Fx.
The Isiwa Trail - Kloof

A riverine forest and waterfall trail.

The Wildlife Association of South Africa, 100 Brand Rd., Durban. 213126/219525Fx.
Springside Nature Reserve - Hillcrest

The trail (21ha) exposes visitors to forests and grassland along both sides of a stream. A variety of birds and small mammals may be seen.

Outer West Council, Contact: 7653491
The Glenholme Nature Reserve, Gillits

This small reserve form part of the Ingweni Trail and is one of the few trails in the Durban area that have a disabled/blind trail. There is also a 2 - 3 hour circular self guided trail through grasslands and riverine forest and a 1 hour trail to the Clive Cheesman Reserve.

There is a dam and waterfall that cascades into a gorge. There is a picnic area, braai sites and toilets.

The Wildlife Association of South Africa, 100 Brand Rd., Durban. Contact 213126 219525fx.
The Clive Cheesman Nature Reserve, Kloof

The 5ha reserve has an elevated hut to accommodate 10 people. There is no bedding or parking lot. Braai facilities. A 2 - 3 hour trail leads to the Glenholme Nature reserve.

The Wildlife Association of South Africa, 100 Brand Rd., Durban. Contact 213126 219525fx.
North Park Nature Reserve

This is a KwaZulu Wildlife ReserveThe reserve (53ha) consists of coastal lowland bush adjacent to the Unhlatuzana river.

There are bushbuck, duiker, mongoose and waterbirds around the old settling ponds. There are also the graves of the North family who were the original owners.

The Crestholme Nature Reserve, Hillcrest

A spectacular view is obtained over a ravine leading into the Umgeni Valley (6ha).

The Wildlife Association of South Africa, 100 Brand Rd., Durban. Contact 213126 219525fx.

 

 

 

 

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Description
MADADENI B&B is based in the Kloof Gorge, cool and close to Hillcrest, just outside the heat of Durban. Come walk in our garden,enjoy the ducks and geese. Relax next to the pool in the forest environment.


We have 2 bedrooms,one room with a double bed and the other small room with a single bed. Limited band width internet access is available.


Security is of no concern, with your own CCTV system, controlled gates and of course the geese help too!
A kitchen allows you to prepare that picnic yourself or pop out to the shops to pick up a wonderful meal. Park your car in undercover parking.

General Details
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  • Service Levels : BARRY at Madadeni Self Catering Accomidation will normally reply to enquiries in under one hour.
Local Attractions and Landmarks
Beach 25.0 km
Shopping 2.0 km
Pavillion 15.0 km
Hillcrest 5.0 km
PMB 50.0 km
Durban 15.0 km
Kloof Gorge 1.0 km
Everton 1.0 km
Pinetown 5.0 km
Check In\Out Times
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Madadeni Self Catering Accomidation - B & B - Self Catering in Hillcrest, Durban City West, Durban, Durban and surrounds, Valley of a 1000 Hills, KwaZulu-Natal, N2, N3, South Africa

Madadeni Self Catering Accomidation - B & B - Self Catering in Hillcrest, Durban City West, Durban, Durban and surrounds, Valley of a 1000 Hills, KwaZulu-Natal, N2, N3, South Africa


  • Directions to Get There : N3 OUT OF DURBAN PAST THE PAV TAKE THE M13 (NOT THE TOLL ROAD) Drive up FIELDS HILLS Take the VILLAGE RD OFFRAMP BEFORE you get to the top of Fields Hill (1st village rd offramp) Turn Rht over the M13 at the circle turn left go straight past the school & shopping centre At the circle turn rht (BACK) and cross the bridge, turning left at the T Junction (church) turn left At the STOP STREET Turn RHT into KLOOF FALLS RD Follow for 2KM to no 82, on the left, just after the police station, just after Ronalds Rd If you cross the river at the bottom of the Klof Gorge, come back, Madadeni is just past the JUARA Centre.

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* Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking

20% Discount if you stay longer than 3 days
30% Discount if your stay includes a week night (Monday to Thursday)
40% Discount if you stay longer than 5 days 
50% Discount if you stay longer than 1 week 

No more than 4 people can stay at MADADENI per night.

Valid from 31 October 07 - 30 November 08


If you only stay a single day and are:
1 guest @ R400.00
2 guests @ R300.00 per person sharing 
3 guests @ R235.00 per person sharing
4 guests @ R195.00 per person sharing


   Features and Facilities at this Establishment


Accommodation Type
Bed and Breakfast Self-Catering

Main Theme
Family Unusual

Activities Nearby
Bird Watching
Bird Watching
Hiking / Backpacking Walking
Walking

Facilities and Services
Braai / Barbecue
Braai / Barbecue
Fireplace on the Premises
Fireplace on the Premises
Garden
Garden
Internet
Internet Access
Internet Access
Laundry Service
Laundry Service
Off Street Parking
Off Street Parking
Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
WiFi

Languages Spoken
English
English

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KRANTZKLOOF NATURE RESERVE - OVERVIEW
This nature resere is situated in Kloof, between Hillcrest and Pinetown, near Durban. With the Molweni River running through it, the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve is a fine example of coastal forest and grasslands. Proclaimed in 1950, the reserve covers 600 hectares. Wildlife includes zebra, bushbuck, blue, red and grey duiker, vervet monkey,  

 
 rock hyrax, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water monitor and genet. Birdlife is abundant, with over 200 species on record. The reserve has an interesting variety of indigenous flora. 20 km of nature walks and two picnic sites are available. These atttractive picnic areas are located at Kloof Falls and 5 kms from the falls where the Nkutu stream crosses Valley Drive and both are equiped with barbecue facilities and ablutions. There are two view sites to take in the breathtaking beauty of Krantzkloof Gorge. An Activities Centre, equiped with basic conference facilities, is available for use by education groups and other parties. 

 


House to rent in KLOOF from Early 2008

 

   MADADENI B&B is based in the Kloof Gorge, cool and close to Hillcrest, just outside the heat of Durban. Come walk in our garden, enjoy the ducks and geese.  Relax next to the pool in the forest environment.

Kloof is a leafy, upmarket village 25km (16ml) west of Durban at the top of Field’s Hill. The hill is a key section of the world-famous 90km (56ml) Comrades Marathon run annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial capital. "Kloof" is the Afrikaans word for "gorge", and Kloof Gorge forms part of the beautiful Krantzkloof Nature Reserve with its rich birdlife including crowned eagles. 

We have 2 bedrooms, one room with a double bed and the other small room with a single bed.  There is a double bed screened off in the lounge.  Limited band width, ALWAYS ON Internet access is available, both as a PC in your lounge and a LAN for a laptop connection.   You have your own fireplace and wood from the forest at the end of the garden.  Security is of no concern, with your own CCTV system, controlled gates and of course the geese help too!  Park your car in undercover parking, well away from the road.  The TV in the lounge is connected to DSTV, with all the usual channels.    more details...

A kitchen allows you to prepare that picnic yourself or pop out to the shops to pick up a wonderful meal. We have a small shower, bathroom and basin in a single room and small geyser means you might have to be careful with the hot water. more details...

20% Discount if you stay longer than 3 days
30% Discount if your stay includes a week night (Monday to Thursday)
40% Discount if you stay longer than 5 days 
50% Discount if you stay longer than 1 week 

No more than 4 people can stay at MADADENI per night.

Valid from 31 October 07 - 30 November 08


If you only stay a single day and are:
1 guest @ R400.00
2 guests @ R300.00 per person sharing 
3 guests @ R235.00 per person sharing
4 guests @ R195.00 per person sharing

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Madadeni Self Catering Accomidation

Location - Hillcrest, Durban City West, Durban, Durban and surrounds, Valley of a 1000 Hills, KwaZulu-Natal, N2, N3, South Africa

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