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Wagendrift Nature Reserve, Kwazulu Natal

Wagendrift Nature Reserve Overview

The Wagendrift Nature Reserve of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa is situated around a dam and is a popular site for tourist activities like fishing and boating. With various species of fish which are caught commonly including bluegill, eel, bass, and trout, it is an angler’s paradise. The reserve allows a trail on the banks of River Bushman which opens the opportunity of one of the most serene and quiet tour activities available. The “drift” in the name Wagendrift stands for the drift through the river which gold hunters used to transport between Witwatersrand and Port Natal. This was a popular trend during the period of gold rush. The site of theWagendrift Nature Reserve is one of the oldest in the province of KwaZulu Natal and is a treasure island for the archaeologist. The fossil beds preserve valuable imprints of flora and fauna. Wagendrift Nature Reserve is also known for the regular sightings of fish eagles.

For the historical tourists, the Wagendrift Nature Reserve houses some of the oldest monuments of the Anglo-Boer Wars and public buildings like chapels and schools. The town of Estcourt, in addition to being of historical importance, also acts as a connecting point to Ukhahlamba Park, which is a world heritage site, and to the Weenen Game Reserve.  

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