The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Kenneth Stainbank Natuur Reservaat

The little dam in Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is a relaxing place to spend some time

There is a small dam in Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert


Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is in the well-wooded suburb of Yellowwood Park in Durban.

The reserve is 253 ha in extent and has a number of trails that wind through the two main habitats which are grassland and coastal forest.

The reserve was established in 1963 after a bequest of land from the late Kenneth Stainbank after whom the reserve is named.

The trails provide for some interesting walks or bike rides. There is a short trail suitable for handicapped people near the main picnic site.

Some of the larger mammals which may be seen in the reserve are Burchell's Zebra, Impala, Bushbuck and red and Blue Duiker. Vervet Monkeys are often present.

There is a large variety of birds present in the reserve including African Goshawk, Purple-crested Lourie, Spotted Thrush (in winter), Natal Robin, Black Sparrowhawk and Tambourine Dove.

There are three picnic sites in the reserve. Bring all your own supplies as nothing is available in the reserve. There is a small entrance fee payable at the entrance to the reserve.

How was your visit to Stainbank?

A Soldier Commodore butterfly photographed at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

One of the featuures of Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserves is the many species of brightly coloured butterflies that you can find along the edge of the forest.

Above - A Soldier Commodore

Below - A White-barred Acraea

A White-barred Acraea butterfly photographed at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

A Burchell's Zebra making use of the trail for handicapped persons at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above - There are a small number of Burchell's Zebras at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve and they are rather tame. In fact you might have to share the pathways with them.

Mammals of Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Blue Duiker

Burchell's Zebra


Common Duiker


Red Duiker

Rock Hyrax

Scrub Hare

Vervet Monkey


Egyptian Goose

African Black Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

White-eared Barbet

Black-collared Barbet

Trumpeter Hornbill

Narina Trogon

Malachite Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Little Bee-eater

Purple-crested Turaco

Red-eyed Dove

Tambourine Dove

Black Crake

Black Kite

African Fish-Eagle

African Goshawk

Black Sparrowhawk

Steppe Buzzard

Little Grebe

Reed Cormorant

Black-headed Heron


Hadeda Ibis

Black-headed Oriole

Square-tailed Drongo

Fork-tailed Drongo

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Black-backed Puffback

Chinspot Batis

Grey Cuckooshrike

Southern Black Tit

Dark-capped Bulbul

Sombre Greenbul

Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Cape White-eye

Olive Thrush

Southern Black Flycatcher

African Dusky Flycatcher

Red-capped Robin-Chat

Black-bellied Starling

Olive Sunbird

Grey Sunbird

Amethyst Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

Spectacled Weaver

Yellow Weaver

Village Weaver

Fan-tailed Widowbird

Thick-billed Weaver

Common Waxbill

Bronze Mannikin

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Yellow-fronted Canary


African Monarch

Julia Skimmer

Soldier Commodore

White-barred Acraea

Banded Groundling

Blue Emperor

Lucia Widow

Red-veined Dropwing

Wandering Glider

Pearl Charaxes / Emperor

Honey Bee

Elegant Grasshopper

Small Elfin

Mocker Swallowtail

Common Sailer

Golden Piper

Blue Pansy

Thyreus spp. (Cuckoo bees)

Spotted Sailer

Boisduval's Tree Nymph

Natal Acraea

African Common White

Brown Pansy

Common Mother-of-Pearl

Common Fungus-growing Termite

Yellow Pansy

Pied Piper


Common Dotted Fruit Chafer

Milkweed Bug

Green-banded Swallowtail

House Fly

Common Bush Brown

African Stink Ant

Yellow-banded Acraea

Citrus Swallowtail

Small Striped Swordtail

Eastern Blacktail

Purple-brown Hairstreak

Blotched Leopard

Blood-red Acraea


Spotted Buff

Clouded Flat

Trees and other plants


Outeniqua Yellowwood


Real Yellowwood


Wild Date Palm

Forest Fever Berry


Wild Dagga

Black-eyed Susan


Natal Fig

Common Coral Tree

Flat Crown Albizia

Coastal Golden-leaf / Mitzeeri

Coastal Strelitzia

Large-leaved Onionwood

Pambati Tree

Common Crow-Berry

Mother-in-Law's Tongue

Crane Flower

Glossy White Ash


White Pear

References and further reading

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 78

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 203

Country Life - Issue 225 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 89

Country Life - Issue 282 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 86

Getaway - Vol 29 No 12 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 71

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 160

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 160

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 122

Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Published: 1995 - Page: 15

Where to see Birds in Natal - Author: Gordon Bennett - Published: 1989 - Page: 9


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