Situated between the Amatigulu and Tugela River Mouths, this coastal reserve is only an hour’s drive north of Durban and one of the few places you can see wildlife grazing amid forested dunes. The coastal grasslands and rivers attract many animals. Walking or surf angling on the beach will reward you with wildlife sightings, a sea breeze and tranquil time out.

Main attractions

  • Exceptional birding
  • Game watching tower close to camp

The walking trails are particularly exciting for the tree and flower fundis, getting you up close with local specials. As well as the grassland, there’s excellent swamp forest, coastal dune forest, beach and dune vegetation.

– Patricia McCracken, Wild 22


  • Game drives (4×4 required)
  • Beach walking
  • Fishing in the estuary or surf
  • Canoeing

Top sightings: Giraffe, zebra, waterbuck, the rare aquatic African finfoot bird

Accommodation: Tented camp

Gate times: October – March 05:00 – 21:00, April – September 05:30 – 21:00

Nearest centre: An hour’s drive north of Durban (100km) and 15km from Gingingdlovu.

Know before you go

Crocodiles and bilharzia are found in the rivers. Visitors are therefore advised not to swim in the rivers or drink the river water.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)32 453 0155

Ezemvelo Central Reservations: +27 (0)33 845 1000, [email protected]

Visit Amatigulu Nature Reserve’s home page.