UKZN’s Secret Forest
Glenwood people are proud of their green spaces- Pigeon Valley, Bulwer Park, and the countless other small patches of nature spread throughout the neighbourhoods. However, there is another hidden patch of forest in our community waiting to be explored……..
Behind UKZN’s Howard College Campus is the Msinsi Nature Reserve. Adjacent to the sports fields, it is a wonderful patch of indigenous forest perfect for walking or running. There are two main trails, a 1km forest loop and a 1km grassland loop. If you run down around the bottom of the football fields you can add another 1km to complete a fantastic 3km circuit around the area.
The forest loop is stunningly lush- full of duiker, vervets and countless types of birds. The sounds alone make it worth a visit. The grasslands loop is just as beautiful and offers excellent views over Cato Manor and the neighbourhoods located on the backside of the ridge.
Practical Info: The reserve is on UKZN’s Howard College Campus and is accessed through Gate 10 off of Francois/Rick Turner Road. It is open 6 days a week, excluding Sunday and Public Holidays. It typically stays open in the evenings until dark. There is parking and a security guard on site. Dogs had previously been allowed, but are currently prohibited. You access the forest trails by going around the back of the cricket field. The grassland loop is above the track and can be accessed from the parking area near the old shipping container.