The Vervet monkey is a member of the guenon family of monkeys, one of the most common and widely spread in Africa. Characteristics of guenons are their long arms, legs, and tails; small, round heads; and short faces with whiskers. Specific characteristics of the Vervet are its black face, black feet, and black-tipped tail; mottled grey fur with white fur on its belly. Vervet troops can number up to 120 but due to habitat loss and persecution now rarely exceed 30. Vervets organize themselves into complex, but very stable family groups commonly referred to as “troops.” Troops are organized around an alpha male who acts as the leader of the group, several smaller groups of closely related adult females and their offspring, and lesser adult males.


Greater kudus have a lifespan of 7 to 8 years in the wild, and up to 23 years in captivity. They may be active throughout the 24-hour day. Herds disperse during the rainy season when food is plentiful. During the dry season, there are only a few concentrated areas of food so the herds will congregate. Greater kudu are not territorial; they have home areas instead. Male kudus may form small bachelor groups, but they are more commonly found as solitary and widely dispersed individuals. Solitary males will join the group of females and calves only during the mating season.


The Umhlanga Promenade is approximately 3km long and spans the popular apartment and resort complexes that line the golden sands of this premier beach resort destination. It’s a pretty brick pathway lining the beach, with the Umhlanga Lighthouse and Whalebone Pier as its centerpieces. From the south, the path starts at Durban View Park, reaching Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve after 2.5 km.