|Central coordinates||31o 3.00' East 27o 1.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||950 - 1,390m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This area is located in south-western Swaziland, between the Mahamba border-post and the village of Gege, along the eastern Drakensberg escarpment of southern Africa. Shiselweni Forestry Company owns land east of this IBA. The site is dominated by the Mahamba Mountain, which rises from c.1,000 m to almost 1,400 m. The sides of the mountain are steep, but the plateau is relatively flat. The Mkhondvo river cuts through this mountain to form a spectacular gorge with sheer cliff-faces on both sides. Sour highland grassveld covers most of the mountain, interspersed with narrow drainage lines. Scrubby vegetation occurs patchily along clear mountain streams. Several forest patches are restricted to the more mesic valleys. Also present are rocky outcrops.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus||resident||-||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus||resident||-||present||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus ruficapilla||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A3||Least Concern|
|Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis||resident||1998||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity Among plants, the near-endemic Cassipourea swaziensis (EN) and the threatened Aloe dyeri occur here. Most of the medium- and large-sized mammals have been hunted to extinction here. This is the only location in Swaziland where the elephant-shrew Elephantulus myurus is known to occur.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mahamba Mountain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014
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