Enseleni Nature Reserve

The Enseleni Nature Reserve is a 293-ha reserve established in 1948 midway between Richards Bay and Empangeni on the N2. A great spot for a day outing, follow the trails between the coastal grasslands and forest.

With a rich plant life of mangroves, huge old wild fig trees and papyrus along the river bank makes this a small piece of paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike. With a small conference center and picnic and braai areas, this is an ideal place to spend a relaxing family outing.

Named after the Nseleni River flowing through it, the name means “place of the badger” or “fair place”, and draining into lake Nsesi on the outskirts of Richards Bay.

Birdlife abounds here and is a bird-lovers paradise with African finfoot, purple crested lourie, white-eared barbet, Pels fishing owl, and barabet being amongst the birds to spot.

Wildlife include wildebeest, giraffe, waterbuck, duikers, zebra, bushpig, impala,  hippos and crocodiles.

For more info: KZN WIldlife

Gate opening and closing times
Summer: 07h00 – 18h00
Winter: 07h00 – 17h00
There is no camp at Enseleni Nature Reserve.

An entry fee will be levied from the 1st of August 2008. This will be R10 per adult and R5 per child, 12 years old and under.

A roving field ranger is on duty during the day as the office is open at irregular hours.

Telephone number: 078 745 7305
Fax number: 086 5095691

7 responses to “Enseleni Nature Reserve”

  1. Hi, am thinking of taking a group of children here for a half day out (from Mtunzini) what are the chances of spotting some good plains game!


    • It would be interesting to know what is still left in the park, it has long been on my mind to find out how the park is being managed and whether there is still a good mix of animals left. Historically there were wildebeest, giraffe, waterbuck, duikers, zebra, bushpig, impala, hippos and crocodiles. Perhaps there is someone who can elaborate on this?

  2. Hello how much is the antrance fee. Are children from 1year allowed. Do you serve food. Please provide all the details including entrance fee

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