KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsClansthal Conservancy
The Clansthal Conservancy is a natural treasure trove of South African fauna and flora, celebrating the abundance of the south coast of this glorious country. Situated in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Clansthal Conservancy offers visitors to the country a unique perspective of both land and sea animals, as well as birds, insects and an array of butterflies.
This conservancy is flanked by the Mhlongwa and Mhlongwana rivers, and extends from the Indian Ocean to the farmlands of e’Thekwini, covering a total area of around 2 200 hectares. Within these borders are countless plant and animal species. The conservancy was established by local citizens and visitors that have the care and protection of this magnificent area at heart. Their core focus is to prevent unnecessary and invasive development, and to encourage (even increase) the species that have this as their natural habitat.
Bird lovers should keep a keen eye out for the Cape gannet, white-breasted cormorant, reed cormorant, goliath heron as well as several other heron species, a number of different types of egret, little bitten, wooly-necked stork, spur-winged goose, palmnut vulture, yellow-billed kite, martial eagle, black-chested snake eagle, osprey, plovers, gulls, terns, purple-crested turaco, several cuckoo species, a number of kingfisher types, European marsh-warbler, scarlet-chested sunbird, and dusky indigobird, amongst many others.
The marine mammals are always a favourite to spot as they frolic in the waters. Stand on the shore and look out for the Bryde's whale, dwarf Minke whale, humpback whale, southern right whale, Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphin, long-beaked common dolphin, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, leatherback turtle and loggerhead turtle. In addition, there are loads of butterflies – some special and others more common. The hard and soft coral is a real gem and one of the conservation priorities.
Visiting the Clansthal Conservancy is not only fun and exciting for folk of all ages, but actually plays a positive role in promoting its conservation initiatives.