The Sand Forest of Maputaland showcases rare beauty of iSimangaliso Sand Forest
March 31, 2019
Dr Francois du Randt, living in Hluhluwe, has compiled a book, “The Sand Forest of Maputaland” which captures the False Bay section of the Isimangaliso Wetland Forest regarded as the most underrated area.
At first glance, it may seem unimpressive, but a closer inspection will reveal its unique beauty.
After 23 years of ‘citizen science’ and personal observation, much of it as an Honorary Officer contributing to assist the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife management team, Du Randt has produced a tome on the subject that deserves recognition for the light it shines on this little known subject. The False Bay section of iSimangaliso is possibly the most underrated area in the Park.
Few realise just how special this area, comprising mostly of rare sand forest, is and why it is so vital to protect it. Sand forest covers a smaller area than any other forest type in South Africa – just one reason to protect that which remains.