Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve - Abundant Flora and Fauna
Situated on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, with the closest town being, Umzinto, and Scottburgh, lies the rolling hills of grassland, called the Vernon Crooks Nature Reserve. The Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve is 2189 hectares, and the vegetation not only consists of grasslands, but beautiful coastal forests with an abundance of wildlife. This nature reserve is also known as the Crooks Nature Reserve.
As the vegetation on the Vernon Crooks Nature Reserve is endless and conducive to most herbivores, eland, zebra, blue wildebeest and bushbuck have been introduced. Currently, the reserve has 56 animal species, which also include, caracal, slender, Egyptian, banded and white tailed mongoose, black-backed jackal, oribi, vervet monkeys, reedbuck, blesbok, porcupine, rock and tree hyrax and blue and grey duikers, and many more. Rare and exquisite butterflies can also be viewed fluttering about their daily lives, on the reserve.
The bird life at the Crookes Nature Reserve, has been confirmed at over 300 species, and includes nesting Crowned and Martial Eagles, which are probably the most breathtaking raptors to view. As they are nesting within the reserve, travelers have a greater opportunity to spot them. In spring the fields come alive with color, an endless sea of spectacular views, and magical sunsets. The indigenous flora on the Vernon Crooks Nature Reserve is just another attraction that makes a trip to this nature reserve worth your while.
The Crooks Nature Reserve also provides accommodation, at Nyengelezi Camp. This camp offers a tree house, which has the sleeping capacity for ten travellers, and five rondawels which have two beds each. Tree house visitors are kindly requested to supply their own towels and bedding. The Nyengelezi Camp is fully equipped with cooking utensils, stoves, fridges, cutlery and crockery and any other items needed for self catering. Study groups and small conferences can be accommodated at the camp, as the hall can be used as a conference venue or laboratory for students in the study groups.
Over all, the Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve is a wonderful location to escape to, for photographic opportunities, the scenic views, or just for relaxation. Be sure to add this nature reserve to your list of attractions when visiting the Scottburgh, KwaZulu Natal area.