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Dlinza Forest, Eshowe
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ADDRESS
Kangella Road
Eshowe 3815
KwaZulu Natal
CONTACT DETAILS
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+27 (035) 4744029
ACTIVITIES
Birding
Walking
 
 
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Dlinza Forest, one of two indigenous forests around Eshowe, is a popular bird watching destination and great place to spot butterflies. This 250-hectare coastal scarp forest is home to more than 65 species of birds, including the endangered Spotted Ground-Thrush and threatened Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, and over 70 species of butterflies. The blue duiker, bushbuck and vervet monkey are also found here. Stroll iMpunzi Trail and see Fluted Milkwood, Giant Umzimbeet and Wild Plum trees. Hike uNkonka Trail and search for signs of wildlife. Walk the wooden aerial boardwalk and get a bird's-eye view of the forest canopy. Mount the stairs of the 20m steel observation tower and take in the panoramic view. A trip to Dlinza Forest is all about nature.
Getting There
 
Dlinza Forest is located on the outskirts of Eshowe and is accessible from Kangella Road. The clearly marked entrance is just beyond the Eshowe High School.
Getting Around
 
The Aerial Boardwark is 125 meters in length and sits 10m above the forest floor. The observation tower is 20m high. The forest also has two marked trails. Both depart from the visitor center and are graded easy. The 1.3 km iMpunzi Trail is a 30 minute loop. The slightly longer uNkonka Trail is 1.8 km in length and takes roughly 45 minutes to complete. The Royal Drive passes through the center of the reserve and is an alternative for travelers who prefer to take in the scenery from the comfort of their vehicle.
Hours & Times
 
The boardwalk is open daily 6:00 - 17:00 in summer and 7:00 - 17:00 in winter. Closed Christmas Day. Birding is best in the early morning. Autumn is the best time of year to spot butterflies.
Admission & Fees
 
Entrance to the forest is free of charge. A fee is charged to access the boardwalk. A reduced rate is available for children aged 5-18. Children under 5 are free of charge.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Pack a camera and binoculars. Wear walking shoes. The forest has several picnic areas and ablution facilities. A snack shop is located near the boardwalk. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible up to the observation tower.
 
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