KwaZulu-Cape coastal forest mosaic

WWF Abstract

Hiking through the Kwazulu Cape Coastal Forest Mosaic, you might feel as though you were visiting several different worlds. This ecoregion is bordered on the inland side by the Drakensberg Mountains, which rise rapidly from the coastal plain. Near the coast, the steady effects of salt spray and strong winds have created stunted forests and thickets, while farther inland, larger coastal forests of trees such as the coast red milkwood, the natal guarri, and the cape plane, a hearty boxwood tree, harbor wintering birds like the Chorister robin and the spotted ground thrush. Massive dunes stretch for miles on the southeast coast, but farther north, on the Transkei Coast, sheer cliffs plunging into the ocean mark the shore. Marshes, swamps, and beaches also dot this ecoregion, providing prime habitat for numerous water birds, including the long-toed lesser jacana, the pink-backed pelican, and the Caspian tern.
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Ecozone:Afrotropic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Countries:South Africa
Area:4,415,998 acres (1,787,091 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Addo Elephant National Park
Bluff Nature Reserve Provincial Nature Reserve
Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve Provincial Nature Reserve
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve Provincial Nature Reserve
North Park Nature Reserve Provincial Nature Reserve
Umhlanga Lagoon Provincial Nature Reserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER