Durban's Oldest Nature Reserve

The Bluff Nature Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal of South Africa is situated just 12 km from Durban City Centre.

The Park is set in 45 hectares and is Durban’s oldest Nature Reserve. It is made up of a wetland pan and a lake with an adjacent forest area and is home to many water birds and waders. In late Winter and early Spring, Commorants and Spoonbills can be found nesting in the reeds.

The Reserve has two separate bird hides with excellent views and a trail that leads around the pan. The trail is an excellent way to explore the water bird life of the area and a complete bird list is available from the field ranger on duty.

Some mammals have also been spotted in the Reserve namely: Slender & Banded Mongoose; Velvet Monkey; Hottentot Golden Mole and Common Rodent Mole; Grey Climbing Mouse, Giant Musk Shrew and the Multimamate Mouse.


  • Secure parking
  • Toilet facilities
  • Ticket Office
  • Roving Field Ranger
  • Picnic Areas


The Park is open every day between 07h00 and 17h00.

A nominal entrance fee is charged.

There is a roving field ranger on duty, but there is no office at the Reserve.

No pets are allowed into the Reserve.


Durban has a warm climate throughout the year with cooler evenings in the winter and rainfall throughout the summer months.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 29˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 20˚C.


There are Domestic and International flights into Durban’s  King Shaka Airport on a daily basis. Bus services, taxis and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.

Contact Details

KZN Wildlife

Tel: +27 (0)31 469 2807