Cumberland Nature Reserve

Cumberland Nature Reserve is a 300ha private reserve situated in the Table Mountain area, just east of Pietermaritzburg. Besides a wonderful selection of savannah species, one can also pick up a variety of wetland, forest and rocky outcrop species. Spectacular scenery and pristine veld add to the appeal of this reserve. Birding is good with 227 species recorded to date, and it is quite possible to see 80+species in a morning`s birding.

An extensive network of trails wander through the plateau savannahs and vary in length from short strolls to more strenuous hikes. Paths following the cliff edge command spectacular vistas over the Umgeni river Gorge. The network of trails leads one through all the major habitats and provide views of two lovely waterfalls. Up-to-date maps of trails and paths are available at the reserve.

Set under the shade of charming flat-crown acacia sieberana trees, picnic sites offer braai facilities, picnic tables, toilets and drinking water. The picnic area is well spread out, allowing for a certain amount of privacy and providing good opportunities for armchair birding.

Gates are open from sunrise to sunset. Special access may, however, be arranged. The entrance fee is R10 per person, payable at the ‘honesty box’. Visitors are asked to sign an indemnity form. Cumberland Nature Reserve is a Natural Heritage Site (#320) and is part of the Birds in Reserves Project (BIRP). Please would visitors fill in and submit BIRP forms for this reserve (BIRP forms can be arranged from Mark brown at 033-260 5661 during office hours). Please exclude sightings from the dam.



Location: Cumberland Nature Reserve | D406, Pietermaritzburg


  • Monday to Sunday | Sunrise to Sunset

Ages: All

Price: R10

Contact Number: 033 390 3088 | 033 001 7538 | 082 337 1056 | 082 376 5600



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