KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsRoosfontein Nature Reserve
Where? Harry Gwala Road, Westville, 3630, Durban, KwaZulu Natal
The beauty of the Roosfontein Nature Reserve is nestled in Westville, a small area just 15 minutesí drive from the heart of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
The reserve covers 150 hectares of South African grasslands, with a fair smattering of wild flowers and other gorgeous vegetation. This is the ideal retreat for those visiting or living in Durban that want a quick escape from city life, to enjoy the lushness and the crisp fresh air of the east coast countryside.
The Roosfontein Nature Reserve was established in 1985. It has a number of self-guided trails to explore on foot, which is always a hit with young ones with plenty of energy, as well as their parents or friends that want to experience the prettiness of this setting. The reserve is home to a variety of bird species (mainly those that are typical of grasslands, such as the broad-tailed warbler), as well as to small antelope and mammals. So, visitors that love the outdoors and the wildlife of South Africa are reminded to bring their cameras along and to keep their eyes and ears open for their wilder companions. Because there are so many little animals here, dogs are, unfortunately, not permitted to join their owners for a walk through the reserve.
In spring time (which extends from September to November in South Africa), the area in and around the Roosfontein Nature Reserve erupts into a colourful mosaic of wild flowers.
The reserve is open at all times and there is no entrance fee. However, visitors should be made aware that there are also no ablutions or other facilities here.