Muzi Pan

Lakes / Dams in or near St Lucia, Elephant Coast in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsMuzi Pan

Where? iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal

Overnight? Stay in St Lucia, in KwaZulu Natal

Few people know about Muzi Pan, yet it is one of the highlights of any birding trip to KwaZulu-Natal's northern coast. It lies within the greater iSimangaliso Wetland Park, close to the eastern entrance of Mkuze Game Reserve.

The pan hugs the western boundary of the western sie of Mkhuze Game Reserve, north of the Mkuze River, where the D820 dirt road connects with Route 22 as the latter heads north from Hluhluwe towards Sodwana (you can see the pan very clearly on Google maps – it runs in a north-south direction).

To reach the pan follow the dirt road from the community centre on the other side of the the bridge.

This small body of water is the site of 420 recorded bird species that include a Pacific golden plover, pectoral sandpipers, collared pratincoles, pygmy geese, blue-cheeked bee-eaters, giant kingfishers, grey wagtails, pels, pelicans, herons, and a feast of waders. The abundance of waterbirds makes it well worth a visit.

The swamp or pan that forms part of the Mkhuze River floodplain, is totally undeveloped - its banks a mixture of forest and rural village.

Best time to visit: undoubtedly summer as the density and diversity of birds increases, and you can almost guarantee a sighting of at least 120 birds in a visit.

Muzi Pan Canoe Adventures offer canoe and fishing trips that include rich cultural experiences like the eating of traditional food, traditional healing and introduction to local folklore.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in St Lucia

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