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Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary

Afrikaans name:

The dam at the Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary

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Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary is about 4.5 hectares in size. It is situated in Umdoni Road, Amanzimtoti, on the inland side of the N2 Highway.

The reserve consists mainly of a small dam surrounded by coastal bush. There is some lawn where one can have a picnic or braai.

Accommodation in Amanzimtoti

Over time a checklist of approximately 150 species of birds has been built up at the sanctuary. The most obvious ones are the various ducks and other waterbirds on the dam.

Vervet Monkeys also call the Bird Sanctuary their home and you need to keep an eye on your food!

There is a self-guided trail through the bush. The bridge across the dam is a good place to look for birds and brilliantly coloured dragonflies.

A Spur-winged Goose on the bridge at Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary

Photo © Steven Herbert

Some things to look out for:

Egyptian Goose

Spur-winged Goose

Malachite Kingfisher

Common Moorhen

African Darter

Reed Cormorant

Brown Pansy

Vervet Monkey

Fever Tree

Natal Mahogany


References and further reading

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: 157

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