uMngeni River Trail

uMngeni River Trail

Eco-Tour/Nature Walk


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The trail has been developed on the north bank of the uMngeni River from the Beachwood Mangroves to the Umgeni River Bird Park, and is 2km in length. The trail offers hikers several viewpoints of the uMngeni Estuary; one of the largest estuaries in Durban, and home to many migratory and local waterbirds. The estuary is a popular birding destination, particularly at low tide when the exposed central sandbanks attract large flocks of Lesser Crested Tern, Sandwich Tern and Little Tern, and rare species such as the African Black Oystercatcher, Crab Plover, Sooty Tern, and Bridled.

Managing Agency: eThekwini Municipality
Type: Adventure
Facilities: Guided and self-guided trails (Guides will be available from uMngeni Green Hub); View sites; Picnic area
Opening Hours: All hours
Dogs: Yes
Driving Directions: Take the Ruth First Freeway (M4) north from Durban to Durban North. Take the Riverside Road off-ramp and travel west into Riverside Road. Parking is available along the trail, at the Umgeni River Bird Park, or near the entrance to Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve.
Travel time (from central Durban): 15 minutes

Telephone: 031 312 4466


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