Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back

TTake a walk along a series of boardwalks—see and smell red, white and black mangroves flourishing alongside wading birds, mudskippers and crabs, and finish with a breathtaking view of Durban.

The Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve, at the mouth of the Umgeni River, is a preserved natural estuarine ecosystem, the only one of its kind in Durban (eThekwini), KwaZulu-Natal. It is home to three protected mangrove species, and with its characteristic tidal fluxes it also plays host to enchanting mudskippers, little fish that propel themselves over their mudflat home using their pectoral fins. Fiddler crabs, with their distinctive large claws, are plentiful among the mangrove roots at low tide, along with marsh crabs and the threatened dwarf chameleon.

Did You Know?
TThe three mangroves at Beachwood each play a distinct role in the mangrove ecosystem. Together they protect land masses against extreme weather (especially hurricanes and tropical storms), stabilise the shoreline and provide a living, breeding and feeding habitat for birds, fish and other creatures.

TThis is a great venue for the twitching and birding fraternity. Catch a glimpse of the rare mangrove kingfisher, along with curlew, dikkop, weavers, sunbirds and the occasional Natal nightjar.

There are three trails through the reserve, one of which is an elevated boardwalk laid out around Beachwood. This makes exploring the reserve possible even when the tide is in. 

TThe boardwalk winds along next to a distributary of the Umgeni, through a cool black mangrove forest and out into the mudflats. The mudflats are punctuated with sparse tufts of Ncema Grass, a popular hideout of the spotted bush snake. Look carefully if you are to spot the threatened KwaZulu-Natal dwarf chameleon hanging off a blade of grass. Along the shoreline, you’ll discover sand dunes that separate the estuary from the sea. From the beach, there are panoramic views of Umhlanga on the left horizon to the Durban cityscape on the right.

A tarred road guides visitors to the southern section, close to the Umgeni estuary, where a thatched activity centre is available for educational groups. A road bridge crosses the river, providing access to the popular fishing spot at the river mouth known as Blue Lagoon.

Who to contact
How to get there
Best time to visit
Get around
What it will cost
Length of stay
What to pack

Related articles

Go on, spoil yourself with a weekend getaway with the girls

Go on, spoil yourself with a weekend getaway with the girls

Here’s our top picks on where to let your hair down, toast to great friendships with KwaZulu-Natal’s scenic landscape as a backdrop

Find your inner social media guru at these image-worthy places around SA

Find your inner social media guru at these image-worthy places around SA

Here’s our top 5 places where students can find inspiration and the confidence to post image-worthy pictures on their social platforms.

Calling all students – explore these top 10 spots in SA

Calling all students – explore these top 10 spots in SA

Here are our top 10 picks where you can take a Shot’Left to relax, get adventurous or simply let loose and have a jol.

Students, find Inspiration when visiting these educational spots around SA

Students, find Inspiration when visiting these educational spots around SA

Whether you’re studying archaeology, marine biology, zoology or even an unrelated field, you’re bound to find inspiration at our top 10 pick of educational spots around South Africa.

The delight and complexity of South African architecture

The delight and complexity of South African architecture

If calamity were to strike humanity, and archaeologists of a distant future were to enquire about how we lived, they would draw upon our architecture to paint a picture of who we were.

Drakensberg Mountains - the barrier of spears

Drakensberg Mountains - the barrier of spears

A haven for adventurous travellers. From the simple pleasure of walking one of many trails, to exploring the rugged mountain peaks the Zulus call uKhahlamba—“the barrier of spears”—the Drakensberg experience offers you adventure, nature, culture and angelic hymns.

The fascination of South African cave adventures

The fascination of South African cave adventures

South Africa offers a variety of caves for you to explore, from hominid fossil sites and ancient San cave paintings.

South Africa on social media

Copyright © 2019 South African Tourism
|Terms and conditions|Disclaimer|Privacy policy