Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve
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The reserve is 76ha in extent and home to the largest saltwater Mangrove community in Durban. Birdlife is excellent on the mudflats at the uMngeni River Estuary. Purplebanded Sunbird, Wattle-eyed Flycatcher and Mangrove Kingfisher (winter) occur in the Mangroves, as do mudskippers, fiddler crabs and Red Mangrove Crabs. The reserve is a Natural Heritage Site and home of the FishCare Education Program.
Managing Agency: Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Type: Nature Reserve
Facilities: Guided and self guided trails; Picnic areas; Braai facility;
Environmental Education Centre; Educational group tours
Opening Hours: By appointment only
Driving Directions: Travel north on the M4 from Durban towards
Umhlanga. Cross over the uMngeni River and take the Riverside Road turn-off. There is a dirt track on the left before the Prospect Hall intersection, which takes you under the freeway to the reserve entrance.
Travel time (from central Durban): 15 minutes
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