Mimi MoyaFreely translated, Mimi Moya means ‘Unwind in Nature’
The word ‘Moya’ has three meanings in isiZulu: wind, soul, and spirit. The word ‘Mimi’ is an abbreviation of ‘mimilitha’ which means ‘Immersion’ in isZulu. So The translation of Mimi Moya is ‘to immerse yourself with wind, soul and spirit’.
Mimi Moya offers several walking trails varying from a nice afternoon walk to adventurous day-walks
We have 8 mountain bikes for adults and children, which are available for rent to enjoy the reserve. The terrain offers a variety of tracks in the wild from all levels
The reserve has over 60 km of 4×4 tracks offering river crossings and challenging ascents and descents.
The reserve offers some of the best yellow-fish waters in SA. The Pongola and the Witrivier with their many pools, natural weirs, and small cataracts hold four of the eight yellow-fish species found in the country.
The bilharzia-free waters of the Mkhunyane River with their many rapids and pools offer a delightful swimming experience for young and old.
Mimi Moya has a birding list of 130 identified species. A peaceful morning will reward the patient observer with a variety of feathered visits and calls to be identified.
The Mimi Moya Eco-Reserve has a typical northern Natal topography with five different habitats spread over the reserve. The different habitats are: Highlands, Riverine, Mist Forest Patches, Savannah and Wetland Patches. The diverse environment plays host to more than 140 species of indigenous trees and shrubs and is the main reason for the exceptional birdlife. The geology is mainly Onverwacht group which forms part of the Barberton Supergroup, which is of particular interest to geologists as it is the oldest known rock formation.
The Onverwacht series outcrops all along the Mkhunyane River (Witrivier). As it is part of one of the oldest rock formations it is of interest to local and overseas universities.
Keen observers will be able to identify a number of geological formations along the riverbed. The name of one of the farmlands included in the reserve – Pypklipberg – refers to the soapstone found here. This was previously used to make smoking pipes.
In the northern part of the reserve, you can find the Mosaan system outcrops. This closely correlates to the Witwatersrand system and has been extensively prospected for gold, which was actively mined on a small scale at a number of localities.
List of Birdlife in Mimi Moya
List of Fish in Mimi Moya
List of Flora in Mimi Moya
List of Animals in Mimi Moya
Mimi Moya Wild NPC
The mission of Mimi Moya Wild NPO is to protect and conserve wilderness areas and create awareness in local communities about the value of South-African fauna and flora for the country and the planet. Workshops with a focus on environmental education, create awareness in the local Zulu- and Afrikaans children about nature and our task as humans to protect our planet. The project creates jobs for the neighboring communities in the areas of environmental education, anti-poaching, removal of alien plants, maintenance of fences and roads and identification of fauna and flora.