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Top 10 Wildflower Hotspots in KZN

Top 10 Wildflower Hotspots in KZN

 

Words: Andrew Abbott

1 For self-guided trips, head for the Drakensberg where there are alpine grasslands in nature reserves or private resorts like The Cavern. 036 438 6270, 083 701 5724, [email protected] www.cavern.co.za

2 The Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick is in a beautiful mistbelt and offers a range of accommodation. 033 330 3931

3 Gartmore Farm Walks to Yarrow Falls. First Wednesday of the month 09h00 to 11h00. 082 802 8949

4 Curry’s Post Conservancy Walks Third Sunday of the month 09h00 to 11h00. 076 578 2941

5 Mbona Private Reserve Walk, Karkloof. Third Friday of the month 09h00 to 11h00. 082 574 1958

6 Beacon Hill Walk, Howick. Last Sunday of the month 09h00 to 11h00. 082 872 4333

7 Annually in November, Elsa Pooley guides a Wild Flowers Weekend at The Cavern Resort. 036 438 6270, 083 701 5724 [email protected], website

8 Sani Pass and Lesotho Wild Flower Walk with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa takes place over the last weekend in January every year. Sani Lodge Backpackers 033 702 0330, 083 987 3071 [email protected], website

9 Umtamvuna Nature Reserve in Pondoland has more than 1 400 flowering species including many endemics. There are a number of trails. 039 313 2383, website

10 iSimangaliso Wetland Park stretches from Mapelane in the south to Kosi Bay in the north, a huge area of Maputaland. This well-managed, immensely biodiverse World Heritage Site contains more than 2 000 seed plants, of which 65 are orchid species. 035 590 1633, website

Happy hot-spotting!

Read more in, “The Story of a grassland” in the August issue of Country Life Magazine.

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