#HikeSA, Week 6: Ixopo Natural Heritage Site

The Buddhist Retreat Centre (BRC) in the KZN province of South Africa offers a really amazing self retreat walking trail through the Ixopo mountains. This privately owned 300 acre property offers picturesque views of the rolling valleys beneath it. Walk through the many indigenous forests and then downhill towards the Umkomaas river that runs through the land.

With the abundance of bird life and indigenous biodiversity its no surprise that former President Nelson Mandela, declared this a Natural Heritage Site. More than 160 bird species have been recorded here, specifically the rare Blue Swallow of which the Endangered Wildlife Trust has appointed the Buddhist Retreat Centre a custodian.