In the gorge with Kloof Conservancy- May

2016-05-10 06:00
 Photo: supplied A beautiful Zebra at the Conservancy.

Photo: supplied A beautiful Zebra at the Conservancy.

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THIS month we take a gentle walk along the Uve Trail. Park at the Uve Road entrance, this is usually an unmanned entry point so you should pay your entry fee at the Kloof Falls Road gate.
Once through the gate take the trail to the right which is very level and you are soon into the grassland section. Grasslands are the most endangered biome in the eThekwini Metro area and these grasslands in Krantzkloof are critical to protecting this biome. The grasslands contain many species of flora and one that stands out is the beautiful creamy white Protea welwitschii one of three species of protea found in the reserve.
Also in this section you will find the rare Asclepius alba which flowers in February. If you are lucky you will spot Bushbuck on the walk as they are often in this area but most visitors enjoy seeing the small herd of plains Zebra which live in the grassland.
They will allow you to get close, but please do remember that they are wild animals and can be dangerous so admire them, but do not get to close!

After approximately 900m you come to a short forest section where you can observe the brightly coloured Kite spiders and once through this forest section you reach the end point at the magnificent view spot at the Wyebank Crack. From this view spot you can look across to the confluence of the two gorges in the reserve viz. the Molweni and Nkutu gorges. In the distance you can also see the Umgeni River. This spot is also a very popular climbing spot which the climbers call Rumdoodle. Retrace the route back to the car park

Difficulty: This is a very gentle/easy walk – allow 30minutes each way

Security: Walking in the reserve is safe – normal precautions for walking in isolated areas apply.

Paolo Candotti

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