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Physical Address:

Civic Centre and Corporate Services Department
BA 81
Prince Mangosuthu Street

Finance Department
BA 131
Corner of Princess Magogo and King Zwelithini

Community and Technical Services

BA 131
Corner of Princess Magogo and King Zwelithini

Tel : +27 (0) 35 874 5100



Bird watching

Starting up near Babanango, stop at the large fig trees 6km after turning off. Look out for various frugivorces such as Green Pigeon, Black-collared Barbet and Glossy Starling. Cape Robin-Chat forage under the trees, and Graassbird, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Ayre’s. Fantailed and Croaking Cisticolas can be the glassy slopes. Familiar Chat can be seen at the road cutting on the left.

Futher down, look out for Secretary bird and in summer, White Stork in the Grassland. At about 20km from the turn-off, stop and look for birds in the dry bushveld. Typical species include White-browed Scrub-Robin, Yellow-breasted Apails, Cardinal woodpecker, Crowned Hornbill, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Black-crowened and Brown Flycatcher, Emerald-spotted Dove, White-browed Robin –Chat, Rattling Cisticola, White-bellied Sunbird and various seed-eaters such as Blue Waxbill, Golden-breasted Bunting and Yellow-eyed Canary. Summer migrants include European Roller, Jacobin Cuckoo and Red backed shrike.

On reaching the tar road, turn left and drive down to the bridge. A brief stop here summer could produce various swifts, swallows and martins, as well as circling Black Stork.


Hiking trails

Organised Hiking Trails are available in Imfolozi Game Reserve and the opportunity of short trails at Ondini  Historic Reserve and Emakhosini “Valley of the Kings”



4x4 trails

There are more than 60 kms of 4x4 trails within Ophathe area. Tents can be pitched at the Mars Cottage camp where fresh water and toilet facilities are provided. Only 4x4 vehicles are allowed on off-road tracks. Visitors wishing to enter the 4x4 area should confirm at the parks office.

Game viewing

The Cengeni Gate entrance to the Umfolozi Game Reserve is reached by driving through Ulundi set in the heart of Zululand the oldest game reserve in Africa where Zulu Kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the “big five” of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. Established in 1895, game viewing is the prime attraction. Viewing hides overlook waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range.