It’s certainly rare to come across an indigenous forest in the heart of an urban area – but we found it! Wrapped entirely by the town of Eshowe, the 250-hectare Dlinza Forest is a natural attraction criss-crossed with wonderful walking trails and picnic spots. But the most rewarding way to explore it is via its 10-metre high aerial boardwalk. Built of natural timber high above the forest floor, it extends 127 metres culminating in a breathtaking 20-metre high viewing platform, which emerges above the canopy of trees. From here, you’ll be captivated by magnificent panoramic views over the forest and countryside, leading all the way down to the coast.
The best time to visit is in the early morning when the abundant birdlife echoes their chorus across the valley. The forest is also home to a number of indigenous trees, insects, and precious flowers. Keep a look out for its most endangered creature - the Dlinza Forest Pinwheel - an unusual snail with bristles radiating out from the edge of its shell, found nowhere else on Earth!
It’s certainly rare to come across an indigenous forest in the heart of an urban area – but we found it!