Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve
The Wilderness Leadership School Offices are located in the scenic Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, south of Durban - the reserve boasts some excellent trails, birds and wildlife
Kenneth Stainbank is a 253 hectare reserve in Yellowwood Park, Durban,which was proclaimed in 1963. Established as a result of a bequest of land from Mr. Kenneth Stainbank, the area offers fine examples of coastal forest and grassland habitats for many species of plants and animals. Notable species are zebra, bushbuck, reedbuck, impala, blue,red and grey duiker,vervet monkey, rock hyrax, slender mongoose,bushbaby,egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water monitor and genet. The reserve has an interesting variety of indigenous flora and over 200 bird species on record.
There are 13 km of nature walks and a pleasant picnic site is available. A walk for the physically disabled has been specially designed. There is also a 10km mountain bike trail which is fairly challenging in places. An entrance fee is charged at the entrance gate, where visitors can obtain maps, plant and animal lists from the Field Ranger. The reserve is open between the hours of 6:00am - 18:00pm.
The Stainbank family who settled here in 1857 cultivated a large part of this reserve. Kenneth Stainbank, after whom the reserve was named, donated the land to the public. It was opened as a nature reserve in 1967 under the administration of KZN Wildlife. As a result of its history, the land has been greatly disturbed in parts and a variety of habitats exists, most of which can be visited by following the extensive and well planned trail system.
The reserve is also home to the Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery
, an incredible collection of artwork from this artist who was clearly many years ahead of her time. The original family home, Codemore Castle
also still stands, built over 125 years ago!