The Lower Mpushini Valley

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The Lower Mpushini Valley

The Lower Mpushini Valley is situated six kilometres from the Ashburton intercahge on the N3 national road between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. To get there take the off-ramp on the interchange and turn right into Pope Ellis Drive. Continue on this road and you will pass the Ashburton Training Centre on your left. Continue down the hill untill you pass the Lncaster Quarry. You are then in the valley.

For many years the landowners in the Lower Mpushini Valley have been actively involved in conserving their precious natural environment. In order to formalise this the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy was formed and registered with Ezimvelo KZN Wildlife.

The Lower Mpushini Valley consists of fairly steep hillsides sloping down into the many drainage ravines that flow into the Mpushini and Msunduzi Rivers. The terrain is fairly rugged and the vegetation ranges from fairly dense valley bushveld in the valleys, through thicket bushveld on the upper slopes and savanna grasslands higher up. In some areas the vegetation consists almost exclusively of acacia thorn trees. These are the pioneer species which provide shelter for the secondary and tertiary tree species which eventually replace them as they die off after they have served their fairly short lifespan. Typical lifespan of acacia species vary from 15 to 30 years.

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