Madwala Wildlife Sanctuary

Madwala Wildlife Sanctuary

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Madwala is a new 102ha reserve in development. Of interest are the dam and wetlands, as well as mammals and good birdlife.

Managing Agency: eThekwini Municipality
Type: Nature Reserve
Facilities: Guided and self-guided trails; Restaurant/cafe;
Accommodation
Opening Hours: 09h00 - 16h00
Dogs: Yes

Driving Directions: Take the M13 west from Durban to Hillcrest. Take the Old Main Road/Hillcrest off-ramp and turn right into Old Main Road. Travel along this road for approximately 6.8km through Hillcrest and up Botha's Hill. Turn left into Clement Stott Road and proceed to Chantecler Hotel. The reserve is accessed from the hotel.

Travel time (from central Durban): 45 minutes

031 765 2613 or 031 765 6012

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Warm greetings!
Yesterday I went into Madwala for my second visit. Unfortunately there was no-one available at the Chantecler Hotel to give us any information - or to direct us towards the self guided trails. And there does not seem to be any detailed map of the routes either.
Has a bird list or a mammal list been developed yet?
I also tried to upload a photo to add to the website but CAPTCHA kept throwing me back and I could not get past that hurdle!
Does anyone walk through Madwala in a group?

Both the email address (russ@assagay.org) and the website are not operative!

Best regards
Dave Ellinger
0837639519

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Dear Dave

I live in Assagay valley and would like to explore the Madwala's for birds, trees etc. I have never been on the trail but I would be interested to accompany other interested people. Probably better to do this in a group of two or more for security and safety reasons.

Regards

Matt Erasmus: 0722374123

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Hi.

Walked this area on Sunday 10/01/16 and was quite pleasantly surprised. The terrain varies from relatively flat grassland, to dense marsh, forest to scrub and the birdlife is varied and plentiful.

Unfortunately a lot of the bush is full of invasive weeds but all in all it was a very worthwhile outing. The trails seem old and not very well used, we did not come across anyone else on our walk, I wouldn't imagine that the trail is unsafe in terms of a human threat.. There are antelope in the area and ticks are a potential issue as you get further into the trails.

We gained access via The Chanteclair, basically just proceed on foot down passed the left of the main buildings.

Our list included:

Indian Peafowl (at the hotel)
Helmeted Guineafowl
Purple Heron
Bronze Mannikin
Blacksmith Lapwing
Thick Billed Weaver
Burchell's Coucal
Southern Black Flycatcher
Little Rush Warbler
Collared Sunbird
Tawny Flanked Prinia
Lazy Cisticola
Sombre Greenbul
Kurricane thrush
Cardinal Woodpecker
Red Knobbed Coot
Sacred Ibis
Southern Red Bishop
Fan Tailed Widowbird
Long crested Eagle
Emerald Spotted Wood dove.
Several species of common swift and swallow
and a Little Bittern.

These were the more notable sightings, all the regional regulars were also in attendance.

I would recommend it if you are prepared from a slightly rugged walk, however if you wished to simply sit at the dam you could do that too. Overall a good spot.

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Orange breasted bushshrike
Sombre greenbul
Cape robin chat

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Warm greetings!
Yesterday I went into Madwala for my second visit. Unfortunately there was no-one available at the Chantecler Hotel to give us any information - or to direct us towards the self guided trails. And there does not seem to be any detailed map of the routes either.
Has a bird list or a mammal list been developed yet?
I also tried to upload a photo to add to the website but CAPTCHA kept throwing me back and I could not get past that hurdle!
Does anyone walk through Madwala in a group?

Both the email address (russ@assagay.org) and the website are not operative!

Best regards
Dave Ellinger
0837639519

-

Dear Dave

I live in Assagay valley and would like to explore the Madwala's for birds, trees etc. I have never been on the trail but I would be interested to accompany other interested people. Probably better to do this in a group of two or more for security and safety reasons.

Regards

Matt Erasmus: 0722374123

-

Hi.

Walked this area on Sunday 10/01/16 and was quite pleasantly surprised. The terrain varies from relatively flat grassland, to dense marsh, forest to scrub and the birdlife is varied and plentiful.

Unfortunately a lot of the bush is full of invasive weeds but all in all it was a very worthwhile outing. The trails seem old and not very well used, we did not come across anyone else on our walk, I wouldn't imagine that the trail is unsafe in terms of a human threat.. There are antelope in the area and ticks are a potential issue as you get further into the trails.

We gained access via The Chanteclair, basically just proceed on foot down passed the left of the main buildings.

Our list included:

Indian Peafowl (at the hotel)
Helmeted Guineafowl
Purple Heron
Bronze Mannikin
Blacksmith Lapwing
Thick Billed Weaver
Burchell's Coucal
Southern Black Flycatcher
Little Rush Warbler
Collared Sunbird
Tawny Flanked Prinia
Lazy Cisticola
Sombre Greenbul
Kurricane thrush
Cardinal Woodpecker
Red Knobbed Coot
Sacred Ibis
Southern Red Bishop
Fan Tailed Widowbird
Long crested Eagle
Emerald Spotted Wood dove.
Several species of common swift and swallow
and a Little Bittern.

These were the more notable sightings, all the regional regulars were also in attendance.

I would recommend it if you are prepared from a slightly rugged walk, however if you wished to simply sit at the dam you could do that too. Overall a good spot.

-

Orange breasted bushshrike
Sombre greenbul
Cape robin chat

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