Raphia Palm Natural Monument

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A grove of Raphia palms close to the Umlalazi Nature Reserve is one of the few declared natural monuments in South Africa. The palms were introduced to the area about 100 years ago with seeds collected from the natural Raphia palm forests adjoining the Kosi Bay lakes near the border with Mozambique. The leaves are the biggest leaves in the plant kingdom and their fruits are rich in oils and starch – both an essential part of the diet of the rare Palmnut vulture which can often be found perching on top of the palm.

Follow the signs to the monument from the entrance to the Mlalazi Nature Reserve.

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  • Mtunzini, South Africa
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