Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk
About Us The Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk in Eshowe, which is 100% owned by the local community, was an early example of what the Partnership has achieved with all of its projects.
The 125-metre boardwalk, at an elevation of 10 metres, allows visitors to walk right under the canopy of Dlinzaís indigenous scarp forest and culminates in a 20-metre observation tower with a breath-taking view. The walkway, which is wheelchair friendly, provides intimate access to 65 bird and 85 butterfly species, as well as to small mammals such as red duiker, bush pigs and bush babies. Magnificent trees that can be seen from the boardwalk include the Fluted Milkwood, Giant Umzimbeet and Wild Plum.
The Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk development was almost entirely funded by the SappiWWF TreeRoutes Partnership. The Partnershipís grant for the project included funding not only for the development of the boardwalk and viewing tower, but also for the construction of a visitorsí centre, the upgrading of ablution facilities to wheelchair-friendly status, the upgrading of the access road and directional signage.
The Partnership also sponsored the development and production of an attractive brochure and series of postcards featuring Dlinzaís flora and fauna. These complement the informative displays in the Visitorsí Centre, where examples of the forestís diverse flora and fauna are displayed in illuminated light-boxes and glass-topped display cabinets. Zulu crafts, curios and refreshments are also sold here and visitors can sit outside in a pleasant picnic area to enjoy their refreshments. Guided walks by trained birding experts can be booked at the centre.