Cumberland Nature Reserve

Cumberland Nature Reserve

Cumberland Nature Reserve - Southern Africa : Cumberland Nature Reserve is a 300ha private reserve in the Table mountain area, about 15km e of Pietermaritzburg. The reserve is situated in a loop of the Umgeni River, bisected by the Rietspruit Stream with two spectacular waterfalls in a deep kloof.

Cumberland Nature Reserve is a 300ha private reserve in the Table mountain area, about 15km e of Pietermaritzburg.
The reserve is situated in a loop of the Umgeni River, bisected by the Rietspruit Stream with two spectacular waterfalls in a deep kloof.

The vegetation is open savannah thornveld dominated by Acacia sieberana and of tall Hyparrhenia grassland. The cliffs and rocky outcrops harbour patches of forest and bush clumps, presenting spectacular scenery.

Birds number over 230 species, with 80 species an average morning’s tally. Some 50 butterfly species have been recorded. Mammals include Kudu, Nyala, Reedbuck, Bushbuck, Plains Zebra, Blesbuck, Giraffe, Impala and smaller wildlife.

An extensive system of trails meander over the plateau, following the cliffs and through the major habitats.

Overnight facilities are basic, but a group - Outdoor Educators - caters for school groups and team building activities. There is also a campsite and a beautiful picnic area.

- See more at: http://www.outdooreducators.co.za/our-venue/#sthash.mNEysmFR.dpuf

07 Aug 2015
Tony Rebelo