Bluff Nature Reserve

Bluff Nature Reserve is a 45 hectare protected pan and forest in the suburb of The Bluff, Durban, South Africa. The park was proclaimed in 1974, making it Durban’s oldest nature reserve, and is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

The nature reserve has bird watching facilities which overlook the pan. There is a self-guided trail throughout the reserve.

Flora and Fauna

The pan section of the park contains the remnant of a large swamp that once covered the area, while the forest section comprises a small patch of coastal lowland forest.


The following birds are found in the reserve:

  • Commorants
  • Crakes
  • Spoonbills
  • Warblers


The following mammals are found in the reserve:

  • Banded Mongoose
  • Common Rodent Mole
  • Giant Musk Shrew
  • Grey Climbing Mouse
  • Hottentot Golden Mole
  • Multimamate Mouse
  • Slender Mongoose
  • Vervet Monkey

Bluff Nature Reserve Vital Information

Gate opening and closing times
Mon – Sun : 7h00 – 17h00
Office hours: A roving field ranger is on duty during the day. There is no office at Bluff Nature Reserve.

  • Address:  400 Tara Road, Bluff, Durban
  • Telephone number: 031 469 2807
  • Adults: R20, Children: R10, Special Rates for Tours.

Bird Watching (Hide)
Walking (Self-Guided)

Braai Stands

(Source: KZN Wildlife)