Impendle Nature Reserve

Impendle Nature Reserve lies just south of the little town of Impendle, roughly 62 km west of Himeville

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Impendle Nature Reserve

The Impendle Nature Reserve lies just south of the little town of Impendle, roughly 62 km west of Himeville, in the foothills of the Drakensberg.

Impendle reserve is made up of former farmland used mostly to graze cattle, but also to grow mielies and other vegetable crops, by colonists who settled here over 100 years ago.

Despite its value as land set aside for conservation since 1983, the reserve has yet to be formally proclaimed. In the interim limited grazing is allowed with a permit. Which is good news for the blue swallow, a little bird under threat, that makes its home at Impendle Nature Reserve. In fact, one of the largest blue swallow populations – about 10 pairs - is in evidence here, the only conserved area to attract such a large population.

The blue swallow occurs in mist-belt grasslands of the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga / Limpopo and in the high-lying districts of Zululand.

This little bird is so threatened that conservationists fear its extinction. Surveys in 1986 and 1987 showed only 63 pairs in the country and Swaziland combined. One of the Given Gain's 2012 registered projects – to raise awareness and funds for these birds by the Endangered Wildlife Trust – sites only 40 swallows remaining in South Africa.

The reserve is also home to other animals like reedbuck, grey duiker, vervet monkeys and bushbuck, but oribi, serval and blue duiker, caracal, genet, Cape clawless otters and rock hyrax have also put in an appearance.

Birders use the Impendle reserve on a regular basis because it is such a good birding spot, mostly because the reserve allows visitors only by appointment.

You can phone the officer-in-charge on +27 (0)33 996-9613 or contact KZN Wildlife.

Popular Activities near Impendle Nature Reserve

Fly Fishing at Penwarn

Where? Underberg
Penwarn is a premier fishing location with seven dams (one is two kilometres long) and eight kilometres of river, and 6-9 pounders are regularly hooked. Five dams are stocked from our own trout hatchery and two are bass and...

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Fly Fishing at Tillietudlem

Where? Dargle
Some of the finest private fly fishing waters on the Midlands Meander! Tillietudlem offers exceptional and exclusive fly fishing for Rainbow and Brown trout, plus indigenous Yellow fish, in 5 dams and the Eland’s river. The waters are managed for...

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Did you know?

One of the largest blue swallow populations is in evidence at Impendle, the only conserved area to attract a large population.

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