TC Robertson Nature Reserve

TC Robertson Nature Reserve lies right on the edge of Scottburgh on the south bank of the Mapambanyoni River

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe TC Robertson Nature Reserve

The TC Robertson Nature Reserve lies right on the edge of Scottburgh on the south bank of the Mapambanyoni River, between the N2 and the R102.

This 60 hectare strip of land was converted into a nature reserve by a small group of Scottburgh residents in 1989 and named after Dr TC Robertson - a leader in conservation in the country who spent his last years in the town. Sir Lourens van der Post became one of the patrons of the project.

Today it is a green lung of the town, a favoured picnic spot only 10 minutes' walk from the beach with 180 species of bird, blue and grey duiker, and a coastal trail popular with those keen on coastal trees.

Twelve kilometres of established self-guided trails wend their way through forest, coastal grasslands, wetlands, river and estuary systems, palmveld and thornveld.

The reserve in spring is full of wild flowers. Other reasons to visit are the wonderful views out over the forest and the floodplain of the Mpambanyoni River. Mpambanyoni means 'where birds gather' and hints at the prolific bird life of the reserve.

If you are lucky you will sight the African fish eagle, blacksmith lapwing, village and yellow weavers, wood sandpipers, little rush warblers and chorister robin-chats, the African goshawk and the black sparrowhawk amongst a long list of 200 birds in the area.

There are also buck, butterflies, mongoose and monkeys.

You will find TC Robertson nature Reserve off the Old Main South Coast Road just north of the Mpambinyoni River bridge. There are no entrance fees. Make a day of it by combining a visit to the nature reserve with Scottburgh beach - Aliwal Shoal just off the coast is rated one of the top ten dive sites in the world.

Popular Attractions near TC Robertson Nature Reserve

Scottburgh Beach


This fantastic beach offers a safe netted area to swim in with lifeguards on duty to ensure your safety. Soft sands welcome you to stretch your legs for a great walk or nestle down for a relaxing tanning session. There is more than just sand and sea...

More info and contact details: Scottburgh Beach

Aliwal Shoal


KwaZulu-Natal has its own rocky reef. Roughly 5 kilometres out to sea off the coast of the town of Umkomaas, and half an hour's drive from Durban. Not only is it rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive spots in the world, but regular...

More info and contact details: Aliwal Shoal

Did you know?

Mpambanyoni means 'where birds gather' and hints at the prolific bird life of the reserve.

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