Umtamvuna Nature Reserve

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3, A4ii (1998)
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Area: 3,257 ha

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 high favourable medium
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Site summary
Located 5 km west of Port Edward, Umtamvuna Nature Reserve occupies the eastern side of a steep gorge on the Umtamvuna River. The river gorge meanders through the reserve for 25 km before it enters the Indian Ocean. The Umtamvuna Gorge hold one of the only coastal colonies of Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres in South Africa as well as Black Stork Ciconia nigra and Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Umtamvuna Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 27/03/2023.