About 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.

Did you know? Chelmsford Nature Reserve surrounds the Ntshingwayo Dam, which lies on the iNgagane River and is the third largest dam in KwaZulu-Natal.

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.

These include 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.

Please note that there is a nominal entrance fee payable at the gate.

Need to Know

WhereChelmsford Nature Reserve, Newcastle, Battlefields Area, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenSummer from 05h00 to 19h00 (1 October to 31 March). Winter from 06h00 to 18h00 (1 April to 30 September).

Telephone+27 (0)34 351-1753

OvernightStay in Newcastle Accommodation, KwaZulu Natal


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