Richards Bay Game Reserve

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii (1998)
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Area: 1,290 ha

BirdLife South Africa
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2014 high near favourable medium
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Site summary
Located c. 190 km north of Durban, this site consists of the Richards Bay Game Reserve, which was formed when a berm wall was erected across Richards Bay estuary in 1976. The sanctuary portion of Richards Bay regularly holds over 20 000 waterbirds. When migrants are present, in summer, up to 50 000 waterbirds have been counted.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Richards Bay Game Reserve. Downloaded from on 07/06/2023.