Krantzkloof Nature Reserve - spectacular

2015-12-22 06:00
Photo: supplied The picturesque trail at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

Photo: supplied The picturesque trail at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

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THE Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, between Pinetown and Hillcrest, is believed to be a spectacular meeting place of two river gorges, the Molweni and Nkutu.

The reserve was established by the Natal Parks Board in 1950 and is now managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Most of the 584 hectares is covered by dense forest and vegetation and is a fine example of coastal forest and grasslands. It affords spectacular views across the well forested gorge cut by the Molweni River.

The reserve boasts an abundance of wildlife, including zebra, bushbuck, blue, red and grey duiker, vervet monkey, rock hyrax, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water monitor and genet.

The attraction at Krantzkloof is the well-developed picnic area adjacent to the dam at the head of Kloof Falls. An informative interpretative centre has been established at the site. This spot is easily reached by following the Kloof Falls road. Leaving the picnic site, visitors can go to Bridle Road and enjoy spectacular views from two well marked view sites.

Another picnic site has been developed at the Nkutu Falls. There are a number of marked trails leaving from the two picnic sites which enable visitors to view the falls or descend into the gorge, following the river course.

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