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Eshowe, a town set on a hill, is situated around a 250 hectare indigenous coastal scarp forest. Eshowe offers visitors a variety of unusual attractions, the most striking being the Dlinza Forest itself, with hiking trails and picnic spots and the magnificent Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk. The town has developed into a hub of activity, surrounded by Sugar-cane farms. One of the attactions is the indigenous forest, which has Hides to view the Birds and few animals! The Boardwalk, the first of its kind in Southern Africa and exclusive to Eshowe, is a 150 metre walkway built above the forest floor, which allows visitors to view the flora, fauna and avifauna at a comfortable level. It ends with a 20 metre high tower, offering dramatic views of both the forest canopy and surrounding countryside. The Boardwalk employs a number of trained birding guides who are available to show visitors some of the delights of the forest.
Here one can call up the Green Coucal or see Long-Crested Eagles, as well as the rare Spotted Thrush and many other forest dwellers. The Ironwoods, Wild Plums and other forest giants give shelter to Orchids, Clivias, Bushbuck, Duiker, Narina Trogons, Delegorgue’s Pigeon and Wood Owls.  One hundred and eighty different wildflower species blossom in the grasslands, and Eshowe is one of very few towns in the country which has trees in flower every day of the year!

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 Vukani Museum Collection | Eshowe Museums

Last updated : 26-Jul-2017

This article was produced for South African History Online on 26-Jul-2017