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Tuzigazi Waterfront, Richards Bay, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal

Richards Bay Game Reserve, Zululand

Tuzigazi Waterfront on the confluence of the Mzingazi River and Mizangazi Lake, near to the largest coal handling port in the world is a surprise for nature lovers. It is an important nature conservation area with beautiful wetlands and remnant stands of swamp forest which run along the banks of the Mzingazi Stream and inland of the lake.

There are hippos and crocodiles in the waters and it is a popular angling spot but the reserve is most well known for the 300 species of birds that occur there including several rare migrant species relatively new to the KwaZulu-Natal bird list. The best spot for viewing the water birds is from the Thulazihleka Hide which is located on the bank of the Mzingazi Lake. You can expect to see avocet, crake, reedwarbler, bittern, lesser jacana, mangrove kingfisher, sandpipers, stints, terns and many others.

Getting there: Turn off the N2 onto John Ross Highway to the harbour mouth. Follow the KZN Wildlife signs to the office and then ask for directions to the three areas that are open to visitors. Urania Street, Richards Bay.

Tel: +27(0)35 907 5018

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