Hlatikhulu Forest

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Hlatikulu Forest is a Coastal Scarp Forest in the Lebombo Mountains of South Africa, between Ingwavuma and the Pongola Gorge. The forest is also known as the Gwaliweni Forest.

History[edit]

It is the site of the murder of the Zulu king Dingane by Zulu Nyawo, Sambane and Nondawana. After being stabbed to death, Dingane was buried beneath a large fig tree. Three large stones were used to mark the grave.

General[edit]

Bird species recorded here include the Lemon Dove (Aplopelia larvata),Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator), Olive Woodpecker (Dendropicos griseocephalus), Pink-throated Twinspot (Hypargos margaritatus), Livingstone's Turaco (Tauraco livingstonii) and African Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus).[1]

Tree species found here include the Lebombo Ironwood (Androstachys johnsonii) and Lebombo Krantz Ash (Atalaya alata).

References[edit]

  • Pooley, E. (1993). The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei. ISBN 0-620-17697-0.

See also[edit]

Forests of KwaZulu-Natal

Coordinates: 27°20′29″S 32°00′01″E / 27.34139°S 32.00028°E / -27.34139; 32.00028