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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

Site description The site is located 32 km west of Mooi river, in the foothills of the Drakensberg. Highmoor, a division of the Natal Drakensberg Park (IBA ZA048) bounds it on one side, and the other boundaries abut onto private land. The terrain is almost flat. The vegetation consists of grasslands and wetlands classified as Highland Sourveld. The original grass community has been severely modified by past use as farmland. Permanent wetlands are dominated by Phragmites and Typha, with species of Cyperus, Pycreus and Juncus on the fringes.

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%

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Guthrie (1995).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hlatikulu Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 30/07/2014

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