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African eagle Umhlanga Rocks

Where eagles dare (and nudists bare)

In the last blog in this series, we followed the trail atop the dune at the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve. From the end of the dune, some 200 metres distant, lies the Ohlanga River mouth. It happened to be open to the sea. But often a sandbank closes it. It’s a mostly natural process (artificial…

Blacksmith lapwings (Vanellus armatus) at Umhlanga Lagoon – a great place for bird lovers

Feeling twitchy – why bird lovers flock to the lagoon

The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is not just for the birds – and bird lovers. Its dunes, forest and reedbeds are a good bet for a visit when the beaches get too hot or if the wind blows up.

Crocodile Creek Sean and big croc

Crocodile Creek snaps back into action

There can’t be many unreformed killers on the FunShine Coast enjoying themselves more than Umthakathi. “He came from the Nseli River. He killed a 12-year-old boy,” says Sean Le Clus of the big male Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) menacingly near his feet. “It’s a fantastic sentence for murder. You lie around the pool and get…

snakepharm photo

Snakepharm: Researching Antivenom

Hluhluwe, and Zululand in general, is home to some of the most varied landscape, ecology and wildlife on the East Coast of South Africa. It is also the base for Snakepharm, an NPO that is researching interesting new antivenom products and methods. Donald Schultz is a herpetologist who works for Snakepharm. He was born and…