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Enseleni Nature Reserve is an excellent bird watching location that lies just off the N2 highway and is the perfect stopover en-route to the Zululand Game Reserves.

The reserve allows one to walk and there are two excellent short trails that cover the variety of scenic habitats. Small game species such as Red Duiker and Banded Mongoose are fairly common and there is wide diversity of butterflies and insects to be seen in the summer months. This is one of the best locations to view the shy African Finfoot.


Best Time to Photograph
Early to mid morning and mid to late afternoons provide the cleanest light but it is possible to photograph birds throughout the day.
Type of Photography
  • Birds
  • Flowers
  • Landscapes
  • Insects
Best Time of Year
  • Summer
  • Spring
Photographic Tips
For photographing the African Finfoot it is necessary to walk slowly and quietly along the riverbank, stopping for periods to scan and locate the birds, which are shy to intrusion. Walking with the camera already mounted on a tripod is advisable as many views of game and birds are brief. Birds are more relaxed around the picnic spots and parking areas.
Recommended Gear
A good camera-hiking bag with straps for attaching your tripod is necessary for walking in this reserve. A rain cover for all your camera gear is always necessary as unexpected rainstorms can occur. Zoom lenses are ideal so as to limit the weight that needs to be carried. A full range of lenses from macro through to long range telephoto lenses are required for the diversity that Enseleni offers.


Site Highlights
7km Nkonkoni Trail
5km Mvubu Trail


Season and Weather
Summer months are extremely hot and humid and afternoon thundershowers can be expected. Winter weather is more pleasant with cool temperatures and more stable weather patterns.
Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Flowers
  • Insects


Closest Town
Getting There
Enseleni lies north of the towns of Richards Bay and Empangeni on the N2 and is well signposted.
Enseleni Nature Reserve


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Peter Chadwick
Author: Peter ChadwickWebsite: http://www.peterchadwick.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.