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Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal

Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve, Zululand

Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve is situated a few kilometres from the southern Zululand town of Eshowe. Although only 250ha in extent this is a magnificent example of dense indigenous sub-tropical forest containing many fine examples of hardwood species, forest climbers and fern species. In addition to the incredibly beautiful trees the forest is home to 65 different bird species making it very popular among bird watchers.

An aerial boardwalk cuts through the forest just below the canopy ending up at a 20m high lookout tower making bird watching very rewarding. The rarest of the birds, however will be seen closer to earth – the spotted ground thrush. There are two trails which start at the picnic spot – the Ukonka Trail is 1.8km long and takes you past the river before joining the shorter Impunzi Trail which is only 1.3km long and takes you past a giant wild plum tree.

One of the other big attractions is the proliferation of beautiful butterflies that flutter around the forest in Autumn. There are 70 recorded species.

For the less energetic there is a drive that passes through the centre of the reserve called the Royal Drive.

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