Towering sandstone cliffs, boulder-strewn rivers, wild flower bejewelled grasslands, magical coastal forests, tumbling waterfalls – just some of the natural wonders of the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve about 30km west of Durban. A picnicker’s paradise, this spectacular 600-hectare reserve offers two well-equipped picnic sites, one alongside a picturesque dam at the head of the Kloof Falls, where the Molweni River cascades down the sandstone cliffs into the deeply incised gorge.
The second site is at the head of the Nkutu Falls, 5km to the north. Famed for its biodiversity, the reserve boasts a bird count of around 250 species including the African Crowned Eagle. Sightings of this massive bird, Africa’s most powerful raptor, are almost guaranteed. Six well-marked trails traverse the reserve but some take up to six hours and are strenuous. They are best done with one of the accredited guides among the honorary officers. If that’s your thing, then make sure your picnic is a substantial one – you’ll need it after climbing 350m out of the gorge.
By Andrea Abbott
Kranzkloof Nature Reserve, 082 343 0928, www.kknr.org.za