Umgeni Vlei Nature Reserve

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A1 (1998)
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Area: 970 ha

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IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 favourable high 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 Area factsheet: Umgeni Vlei Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.