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New Germany Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: New Germany Natuurreservaat

Lily covered pond at New Germany Nature Reserve

A small dam in New Germany Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

KwaZulu-Natal

The New Germany Nature Reserve is a small reserve that on top of some hills in New Germany near Pinetown. The habitat in the reserve is a mix of grassland and coastal forest. It is 110 hectares in extent.

The reserve features quite a good list of bird species and it is also known for its wild flowers in spring. Some small mammals are present including Blue Duiker, Grey Duiker and Impala.

There used to be a large aviary, at the entrance to the reserve, which housed many species of indigenous birds. There is also a small museum-type display at the entrance as well as various live snakes in tanks.

Entrance to the reserve is free and there are some picnic areas, overlooking the reserve, near the gates.

Knysna Lourie in the aviary, when it existed, at New Germany Nature Reserve

There used to be a superb aviary at the entrance to the reserve. This photo shows a Knysna Lourie flying in the spacious aviary.

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above - The aviary at New Germany Nature Reserve used to house many species of indigenous birds.

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References and further reading

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 128

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 161

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