Nature & Wildlife

Bluff Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1961, making it Durban’s oldest bird sanctuary. The original extensive wetland area was split in two by construction of Tara Road, with the majority of the Vlei being to the east of the road. The reed beds potentially provide extensive roosting and breeding areas for several species of herons and egrets, as well as African Spoonbills and several crackers and rails. However, in the last few years breeding activity appears to have been mainly restricted to the likes Egyptian and spur winged Geese, swamp-hens and coots.

Some birds seen at the Bluff Nature Reserve

Rufous-winged African Purple Swamp-hen Black throated Wattle-eye Black Crake
Grey Sunbird Yellow-throated Longclaws African Fish-Eagle Black-headed heron

Kenneth Stainbank is a 253 hectare reserve in Yellowwood Park, Durban, which was proclaimed in 1963. Established as a result of a bequest of land from Mr. Kenneth Stainbank, the area offers fine examples of coastal forest and grassland habitats for many species of plants and animals. There are 13 km of nature walks and a pleasant picnic site is available. A walk for the physically disabled has been specially designed. There is also a 10km mountain bike trail which is fairly challenging in places. An entrance fee is charged at the entrance gate, where visitors can obtain maps, plant and animal lists from the Field Range.

Some birds seen at the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Grey Cuckooshrike Scrub-Robin Purple-Crested Turaco Green Malkoha
Little Bee-Eater Narina Trogon Tamourine Dove Lesser Striped Swallow
Squacco heron Black Swallowhawk Honeybird Red-backed Mannikin
White-eared Barbet Black Saw-wing Spotted Ground-Thrush Green Twinspot
Yellow-bellied Greembul Mountain Wagtail Grey Waxbill Rattling Cisticola
Olive Woodpecker Brown-Backed Bronze-winged Courser African Jacana
African Rail Red-Chested Flufftail White Browed Yellow Weaver
Neddicky Barn Swallow Square-Tailed Drango