Mpenjati Nature Reserve

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Mpenjati Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Mpenjati Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Mpenjati Nature Reserve
Coordinates30°58′21″S 30°17′03″E / 30.97250°S 30.28417°E / -30.97250; 30.28417Coordinates: 30°58′21″S 30°17′03″E / 30.97250°S 30.28417°E / -30.97250; 30.28417
Area66 hectares (160 acres)

The Mpenjati Nature Reserve[1] is situated on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of Margate. The reserve lies on the Mpenjati River Lagoon.

The residential town of Trafalgar is on the northern border of the reserve, and Palm Beach lies to the south.

The 66 hectares (160 acres) reserve is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, and consists of a system of interconnecting riverine and floodplain marsh habitats, areas of coastal forest, coastal grasslands and open coastline, as well as the river estuary.

In the reserve the following bird species may be seen: water thick-knee, osprey, swift tern, half-collared kingfisher, Kittlitz's plover, African black oystercatcher, giant kingfisher, black-bellied starling, red-capped robin-chat, white-browed scrub robin, brown scrub robin, black-backed puffback, forest canary, green twinspot, orange-breasted bushshrike and grey-headed bushshrike.[2]

The Mpenjati River Lagoon is also a popular venue for water-based recreation including angling, boating and swimming. The beach in the reserve has been used by nudists for over 20 years[3] and was proclaimed as a nude beach in October 2014.[4][5][6]:8 In November 2017 the Public Protector declared that the proclamation of the beach as a nudist beach by the Municipality and did not follow proper procedures and prescripts.[7] The beach continues to be used by naturists, even though the beach is not an official nudist beach.[a]

Mpenjati has two picnic sites, one on each bank of the river, the picnic sites have braai facilities, toilets, and a children's playground.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "The reality is that nudists will continue their pilgrimage to Mpenjati Beach, and the local government will continue to ‘turn a blind eye’ to the nudist transgression".[6]:10
  1. ^ JayWay. "Mpenjati Overview". Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Retrieved 2014-10-22.
  2. ^ "Mpenjati Nature Reserve Information". wheretostay.co.za. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  3. ^ Nair, Nivashni (5 January 2016). "Naked defiance of nude ban". Times LIVE. Retrieved 2016-01-05.
  4. ^ Zongile Mthimkhulu (28 October 2014). "Naturists get KZN nudist beach". ECR.co.za. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  5. ^ Bronwyn Fourie (29 October 2014). "KZN nudist beach gets green light". Independent Online. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
  6. ^ a b Henama, Unathi Sonwabile (2018). "A literature review into South Africa's attempt to create a nudist beach at Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal" (PDF). African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure. 7 (3). ISSN 2223-814X.
  7. ^ Pretorius, Johan (7 November 2017). "Public Protector says Ray Nkonyeni Municipality irregularly and improperly authorised nudist beach". eHowzit. Retrieved 2017-11-07.