Under an hour’s drive north of Durban lies this little gem of a reserve. Located on the Thukela River near the mouth, the reserve has a variety of indigenous thornveld which attracts 114 species of butterflies and 200 species of birds. Don’t miss the ‘Muthi’ trail, one of the nature walks that explains about the traditional medicinal uses of plants.

Main attractions

  • Two national monuments: Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree


  • Walking/nature trails
  • Self-drive routes
  • Picnicking

Top sightings: Zebra, duiker, vervet monkey, porcupine, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, banded mongoose

Accommodation: Camping and caravan sites

Gate times: 06:00 – 18:00

Nearest Centre: Stanger/Kwadukuza is 25km away (about 15 minutes)

Contact reserve: +27 (0)32 486 1574

Ezemvelo Central Reservations: +27 (0)33 845 1000, [email protected]

Visit Harold Johnson Nature Reserve’s home page.