Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve

Dlinza Forest is one of two indigenous forests that lie close to one another in the southern part of Zululand

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve

Found just outside the little town of Eshowe, the Dlinza Forest is one of two indigenous forests that lie close to one another in this southern part of Zululand; the other is Entumeni.

Dlinza, 250-hectares of incredibly beautiful forest bisected by numerous walking trails and a 10-metre high aerial boardwalk, is extremely popular with bird lovers, has good picnic facilities, and is particularly special considering the urban environment in which the forest exists.

For those who want to remain in the car, and miss the opportunity of sighting the Dlinza Forest Pinwheel, a snail that only occurs here and is the forest's most endangered species, then the Royal Drive passes through the centre of the reserve and offers a quick alternative to the average day trip.

Here for the day, Dlinza easily becomes the playground of children who delight in climbing along the wooded walkway to spot monkeys and birds and exploring the forest.

Eshowe is at the heart of the Zululand Birding Route, no surprise when you consider the rarities at Dlinza such as the spotted thrush and Delegorgue's pigeon.

But really it is the butterflies that take centre stage, particularly in Autumn when 70 or so recorded species that include the mocker swallowtail (Papilio dardanus), mother of pearl and the gaudy commodore, take to the air and provide a lightness and dash of colour to Dlinza that is hard to beat.

The forest trail leads from the picnic sites on the western side of the forest and offers roughly two hours' through the forest accompanied by bird calls. And if you venture here at the best time of the day early mornings a chorus of frogs, cicadas and other insects will accompany you on your journey.

Contact details for the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk: Telephone +27 (0)35 474-4029

Popular Attractions in Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve

Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk

The boardwalk extends some 127 metres and is perched 10 metres above the forest floor. It culminates in a steel viewing platform, which is a breath-taking 20 metres high, giving visitors a panoramic view of the fauna and flora that is found so abundantly...

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Recommended Accommodation bordering Dlinza Forest

Dlinza Forest Accommodation

Four unique, tastefully furnished fully equipped self catering log cabins, set in a tranquil garden bordering the Dlinza Forest, where abundant bird life is ideal for bird watching. The edge of the garden is the beginning of the 250 ha Dlinza Forest...

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Dlinza Forest was traditionally used as a burial ground for slain Zulu warriors.

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