An Urban Sanctuary

I’ve recently started trail running so have been exploring all possible running locations in Durban. Yesterday this took me to Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve in Yellowwood Park. This is an excellent nature reserve, located in the south of the city, with numerous trails for running, hiking and mountain-biking.

Stainbank is a 253 hectare reserve which was proclaimed in 1963. Established as a result of a bequest of land from Mr. Kenneth Stainbank, the area offers fine examples of coastal forest and grassland habitats for many species of plants and animals. Notable species are zebra, bushbuck, reedbuck, impala, blue,red and grey duiker,vervet monkey, rock hyrax, slender mongoose,bushbaby,egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water monitor and genet. The reserve has an interesting variety of indigenous flora and over 200 bird species on record.

It takes about 20 minutes to get there from Durban, along the Sarnia Rd then left into Coedmore (I’m giving directions because we go lost!). Well worth a visit.

3 Responses to An Urban Sanctuary

  1. Chips March 29, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    It really is an amazing space – it feels like you’re out somewhere in the South Coast. Watch out for marauding buck though…

  2. emme March 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    look like a good place to spend a hot afternoon.

  3. Gavin April 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I last went there a few years ago and there were signs all over the entrance about robberies and crime on the MTB trails. It seemed like some of the trails were even closed. Did you notice anything like that when you went? It kind of put me off, which is a pity, because it’s a great place..

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