Umgeni Vlei Nature Reserve

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A1 (1998)
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Area: 957 ha

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 high favourable high
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Site summary
Umgeni Vlei is located 20 km due southwest of Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. The main vlei is about 300 ha in extent, and is underlain by Karroo dolerite. The vlei is a large sponge that is the source of the Umgeni River. Main habitat types include marsh areas dominated by sedges, flooded grassland and areas of Highland Sourveld surrounding the vlei.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Umgeni Vlei Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 22/03/2023.