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Name: Bishopstowe


Bishopstowe lies 10kms to the east of Pietermaritzburg in the shadow of KZN’s Table Mountain (Mkhambathini)The area is named after Bishop Colenso who lived there from 1855 to 1883. In 1910 local German farmers bought 32 acres upon which to erect a church and school.

The topography ranges from deciduous woodlands to valley bushveld in the Msundusi Valley, through which the Duzi Canoe Marathon passes every year. This is the start of Umkhambo (thorn tree) country. Bird life is prolific with raptors well represented. There are over 60 species of reptiles (some of which can be seen in the snake section of The Sanctuary) and many buck and smaller animals.

Cumberland Nature Reserve has been proclaimed a natural heritage site.