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Location South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Central coordinates 29o 40.00' East  29o 17.00' South
IBA criteria A1
Area 186 ha
Altitude 1,600 - 1,620m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary The site is located 32 km west of Mooi River, in the foothills of the Drakensberg. Highmoor. The vegetation consists of grasslands and wetlands classified as Highland Sourveld. The vlei and surrounding grasslands hold Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus, Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hlatikulu Provincial Nature Reserve 1,210 protected area contains site 186  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland)   -
Forest   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
nature conservation and research 100%
tourism/recreation -
water management 80%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hlatikulu Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 26/04/2015

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