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This small nature reserve serves as the headquarters of KZN Wildlife (KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service). Situated on the northern slopes of Pietermaritzburg, this reserve provides an environmental education and outdoor recreation area for the people of the Natal Midlands. Impala, zebra, blesbok, bushbuck, grey and blue duiker, rock hyrax and crown eagle inhabit the reserve.
Of special interest amongst the large number of indigenous and exotic plants growing throughout the park, are the numerous species of cycads growing around the Douglas Mitchell Centre and the endangered Hilton daisies which grow naturally in the grasslands in the park. A model 'environmentally friendly' bird garden and the iDube trail, a circular self-guided walk are available to visitors.
The park is equipped with a small resource centre and regular environmental education workshops are run throughout the year. There is no accomodation in the reserve. Visitors can make use of three picnic areas with barbecue and ablution facilities. Enquiries and bookings for educational facilities can be made by writing to the Officer-in-Charge, Queen Elizabeth Park, P.O. Box 13053, Cascades 3202 Tel : 033 8451344 or 033 3433184
Directions from Durban to KZN Wildlife Head Office, Queen Elizabeth Park, Montrose
Take the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg
Take the Armitage Road / Bird Sanctuary Road off-ramp (off ramp just before liberty Midlands Mall), and keep left and proceed to Armitage Road
Pass one set of robots (Toyota is on the right)
Drive through the traffic circle passing ABSA bank on the left into Hyslop Road;
After approx 100 metres from the circle (passing KZN traffic licensing offices on the right), take the second right turn into Gough Road, go a short distance and turn right into Howick Road.
Follow Howick road up through the residential area, over two sets of robots, until you come to Athlone traffic circle. Take the second exit from the traffic circle towards the highway, but take the right hand fork to Montrose / Queen Elizabeth Park (be careful not to go onto highway). This is Peter Browne Drive. Carry on this road for about +/- 4kms passing Victoria Country club on your right, until you reach the entrance gate at Queen Elizabeth Park.
On arrival ask reception for directions to the person or section you require.
Switchboard Tel No: 033 – 845 1999
The KZN Wildlife Design Studio is at 174 Peter Browne Drive, just before the Victoria Country Club.