Phongolo Nature Reserve

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (1998)
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Area: 20,390 ha

BirdLife South Africa
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2013 high not assessed high
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Site summary
The site is located 30 km southeast of Pongola town. The western section of the reserve is underlain by basalt of the Umfolozi River Formation. Up to two-thirds of the site consists of an artificial impoundment, depending upon water level. The Pongola River feeds the dam. The dam and associated wetlands are important for many wetland-dependent birds. Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens have bred here in the past.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Phongolo Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.