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Umlalazi Nature Reserve

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Umlalazi Nature Reserve

Umlalazi Nature Reserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Umlalazi Nature Reserve
Location within KwaZulu-Natal province
Location KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Nearest city Mtunzini
Coordinates [1]
Area 10.28 km2 (3.97 sq mi)
Established 1948

The Umlalazi Nature Reserve is a coastal reserve situated 1 km from Mtunzini on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Umlalazi was established as a protected area in 1948 and is 10.28 km2 (3.97 sq mi) in extent. Home of the palm-nut vulture, which is one of the rarest birds of prey in South Africa.

Lagoons can have crocodiles. There are three trails in the reserve. One of which passes examples of mangrove swamps in South Africa, where several species of mangrove can be found. Another walk leads through the dune forest where bushpig, bushbuck and red, grey and blue duiker may occasionally be seen.

The third trail leads through dune forest and mangrove swamp along the edge of the river. Wildflowers and a variety of bird life can be seen. There are also colonies of fiddler crabs and mud-skippers.


  1. ^ Umlalazi Provincial Nature Reserve

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  • Information about the reserve.
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