Ndumo Game Reserve

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Ndumo Game Reserve

  • Country: 
    South Africa
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    10,117 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    26°52'S 32°15'E
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Ndumo Game Reserve. 21/01/97; Kwazulu/Natal; 10,117 ha; 26°53'S 032°16'E. Nature Reserve. Situated at the junction of the Usuthu and Pongolo floodplain systems, the site forms the largest floodplain system in South Africa, consisting of five wetland types, from fresh to brackish, permanent to ephemeral lakes, marshes and pools, as well as riparian and gallery forest. Well known for its abundant bird life and diversity of species, internationally important numbers of several species are supported, including many that are rare or vulnerable. Human activities include controlled harvesting of reeds and sedges, low-density tourism, an important fishery, illegal black and white rhinoceros hunting, and collecting river water for sale in nearby communities. A large agricultural irrigation scheme is operating erratically south of the reserve in the catchment area. Ramsar site no. 887. Most recent RIS information: 1996.

Administrative region: 
Kwazulu Natal

  • National legal designation: 
    • nature reserve
  • Last publication date: 


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