KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsLake Mavuya
Where? To visit, consult the iSimangaliso section of the North-East (Elephant Coast) Zululand bird route.
Lake Mavuya is a large wetland and lake region on KwaZulu-Natal's north coast, just south of the Futululu forest and park.
It is owned by Sappi, who bought the estate in 1989. However, whilst it remains managed by the forestry company, a large portion of the wetland and lake is under conservation, while the remaining southern section is under eucalyptus plantation, and the northern bank under sugar cane cultivation.
Lake Mavuya's catchment area is the meeting place of two rivers – the Mavuya and Ntenja Rivers. The conservation area is 200 hectares with a catchment area of 95 hectares. A study on frogs in the conservation area and the adjacent portions of land under cultivation shows that the area under cultivation (sugar and plantation) has notably fewer frogs than the conservation area.
Which is why Lake Mavuya's wetland and catchment are so important that they were granted natural heritage status in 1999. Mavuya is not only incredibly beautiful, but has a high biodiversity and serves as a sanctuary for waterfowl; a shelter for no fewer than 243 species of birds, including a number of Red Data bird species.
Specials include the pygmy goose, marabou stork, southern banded snake eagle, cuckoos, the Martial eagle and lesser jacana. In past years a fish eagle pair have also been sighted.
To visit, consult the iSimangaliso section of the North-East (Elephant Coast) Zululand bird route.