The reserve boasts 56 mammal species. These include zebra, blue wildebeest, bushbuck, blesbok, oribi, reedbuck, blue and grey duiker, black-backed jackal, vervet monkeys, rock hyrax, tree hyrax, caracal, slender mongoose, white tailed mongoose, egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose and porcupine.
The abundant birdlife (some 300 confirmed species) includes a number of spectacular raptors like the Crowned and Martial eagle which nest in the reserve, while an interesting variety of indigenous flora adds to the reserve's attractions, not least in spring when the veld is alive with colour.
Accommodation is provided in Nyengelezi camp which consists of a 10 bed rustic tree house and five 2 bed rondavels. The camp is equiped with crockery and cutlery cooking utensils, fridges and stoves.
Visitors to the tree house must provide their own bedding and towels. The camp is suitable for study groups or for mini conferences as there is a small hall which can be used as a laboratory or as a conference venue.
This secluded getaway is found on the South Coast some 12 km inland from Umzinto, along the Ixopo road. The reserve's wooded slopes, grassland ridges and clear views of the ocean to the east offer the ideal setting for communing with nature while enjoying the excellent trails, picnic facilities and autotrail.
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The beautiful Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve is a secluded coastal getaway just inland of Umzinto and Scottburgh. The nature reserve is renowned for its bio-diversity, with densely wooded slopes, open grassland ridges and magnificent views of the ocean.
Amazingly this small coastal reserve boasts 56 mammal species including zebra, blue wildebeest, bushbuck, blesbok, oribi, reedbuck, blue duiker, black-backed jackal, vervet monkeys, rock hyrax, tree hyrax, caracal, four mongoose species and porcupine.
It is a great treat for families to discover the wildlife together in a safe environment while enjoying some of the self-guided trails. Some 300-bird species have been sighted including crowned and marshall eagle.
Vernon Crookes Camp has one twenty-bed rustic tree house that features three bedrooms, a kitchen, a lounge/dining area and communal bathroom facilities. Guests should bring their own bedding and towels. In addition five fully equipped two-bed rondavels are set snugly into the wooded hillside. The camp has a communal, fully equipped kitchen, ablution facility and lounge. Satellite television is available in the lounge for guests. The camp is ideal for study groups or mini conferences, with the lounge available as a conference venue.
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