Red Desert

the smallest desert in the worldAesthetically, the area gives superb views over the Umtamvuna Gorge and Estuary with the stark contrast of The Red Desert. Southern Reed Buck, Common Duiker, Blue Duiker and Oribi have been seen.

Rare and vulnerable plant species have been discovered in the area. The presence of Early, Middle and Late Stone artifacts on both the Upper and Lower Red Desert should be noted and archeological studies have been done.

This area lies within the area known as Pondoland Centre of Endemism. There are about 235 centres in the world and the Pondoland Centre has also been rated by Conservation International as one of about 2 dozen plant hotspots recognized world wide.

smallest desert in google earthLocal residents are concerned about the care and maintenance of the area as invasive plants are threatening large areas of the upper and lower Red Desert and visitors are using the area as a 4 x 4 track. The land belongs to the Hibiscus Coast Municipality and farmers owning land adjacent to it are interested in adding their land to an area declared as Nature
Reserve for all time. Moves are afoot at present to get protection for this land but as with everything, willing workers and funds are in short supply.

Until something can be done we request all visitors to the Red Desert to respect its “uniqueness” and treat the area as the special place it is.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 March 2008 19:33)

 
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