Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Pinetown

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Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, conserves 584 ha of the Molweni (Zulu: 'mutual greetings') and Nkutu River gorges that incise the sandstone Kloof plateau in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The reserve conserves coastal scarp forest, sourveld grassland, a cliff face biotope, and aquatic environments along its rivers. Scarp forest is a threatened forest type, protected by South Africa's forests act of 1998, while the grassland is classified as KwaZulu-Natal sandstone sourveld, the most threatened terrestrial habitat in the Durban metropole. The reserve was established in 1950 and was augmented by land donations as late as 1999.
The reserve is situated at 140 to 520 m.a.s.l, and borders on suburbs, informal settlements, and in some of the catchment areas, on privately owned conservancies. The Kloof conservancy manages the Ronald's Kloof stream project, which effectively adds 5 ha to the reserve. The Springside and Iphithi Nature Reserves, in addition to the Everton conservancy, conserve natural remnants of the Molweni and Iphithi rivers' upper catchment.
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  • The reserve has a number of walks with varying degrees of difficulty It would take more than a number of visits to complete them all The sights are wonderful with great photography opportunities.....  more »
  • Beautiful walk, not known by too many people, no litter, rivers can be crossed or walk alongside - waterfall beautiful - so worth the walk. Can be slippery depending on the weather.  more »
  • Every time I visit here the area/facility improves. Guards are friendly and knowledgeable. Fellow visitors are nature friendly people (i.e. clean up after them self!!!)  more »
  • Great experience all round but the trail maps can be misinterpreted easily if it's your first time. The Kloof Waterfall trail may seem like the most rewarding at a seemingly short 1,1 km walk, but be warned - the trail involves crossing rivers, navigating sharp rocks as well as steep inclines and declines. Come prepared!
  • Surprising visit to this reserve as it's a short drive from city centre. Quiet getaway with multiple hike options available. Paths are clearly marked but can be a slippery at times with rain. Parking lacked security guards but is fenced. Adequate benches and places to break available. Worth another visit. Entrance is r40 per person
  • Sho! What a place to submerge yourself in nature, and just outside of Durban too! Krantzkloof offers a range of trails and breathtaking views. It’s actually quite crazy to see zebras on the plateau, happily grazing with the city skyline in the background. You can also enjoy a dip in the river to freshen up during your walk. It’s a great place to go with friends or kids!
  • This is usually a beautiful and tranquil spot but word has gotten around. My family and I were there on 1st January and it was swarming with people. Avoid peak seasons but definitely visit the nature reserve for a beautiful experience.
  • Amazing to hike! Trails are well thought off. Make sure to choose the trail thats physically best for you. The end of the hike is always worth it. Amazing views. Beautiful and feel one with nature. Carry mosquitoe repellent as it may be damp at time. Great for an adventure.

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