Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (1998)
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Area: 1,917 ha

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Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 high not assessed medium
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Site summary
This reserve is situated 21 km west of Port Shepstone. It holds a spectacular gorge with many steep, sheer cliffs. Between these plains, the Umzimkulwana River has cut a 500-m-deep gorge through the softer Table Mountain Sandstone down to the granite. The grassland and lightly wooded areas hold Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum, Southern Ground-Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri and Natal Spurfowl Pternistis natalensis.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 26/03/2023.