Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve, situated on the KwaZulu Natal south coast and within a 15min drive from Scottburugh protects some of the last remaining patches of coastal scarp forest and coastal grasslands.
This mix of habitats, in turn, is home to 56 mammal, 23 amphibian and 33 reptile species. Birding is also excellent with specials such as the African Broadbill, Narina Trogon and Orange Ground Thrush being amongst the over 300 confirmed species that may be sighted. Insects and butterflies in particular make this location one of the best for macro-photography.
There are 19 kms of tourist road and a nature trail network of 15kms with varying lengths of trail that traverses the grasslands, wetlands and forest patches. This allows ample opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of this 2189ha reserve that sits at between 150 and 610m above sea level.