KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Chelmsford Nature Reserve
The Chelmsford Nature Reserve, situated on the Ngagane River, lies just 70 kilometres from Ladysmith and 26 kilometres from Newcastle, is the site of the third largest dam in KwaZulu Natal, a wonderful venue for swimming, soaking up the sun and enjoying various water sports.
The Chelmsford dam, which takes three hours to circumnavigate, provides ample carp and bass fishing and a plethora of bird watching opportunities with 217 species of birds including the great crested grebe, comb duck, pink-billed lark, black-bellied bustard, African grass-owl and bigger birds like the yellow-billed duck, greater flamingo, lesser flamingo, whiskered tern, osprey and a resident pair of fish eagles.
The grasslands, apart from providing access to greater mammals like herds of springbok, blesbok and red hartebeest, also provide a chance to spot the blue crane, marsh owl, denham’s bustard and many others.
The Chelmsford Nature Reserve makes a wonderful day’s outing for those taking a break from the Battlefields Route, or for those who want to enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors and the excitement of windsurfing, canoeing and jet skiing.
Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer: From 05h00 to 19h00 (1 October to 31 March)
Winter: From 06h00 to 18h00 (1 April to 30 September)
Please note that there is a nominal entrance fee payable at the gate.
Contact the reserve on +26 (0)34 351-1753.