The scenery along the gorge formed by the Umzimkulwana River is a nature lover’s paradise, as well as a photographer’s heaven. Situated near Port Shepstone, the reserve is readily accessible and a good place to stop en route while travelling along the N1. Dense coastal bush and forest add a magical atmosphere to time spent in the Oribi Gorge.

Main attractions

  • Picnic at one of the scenic sites along the river
  • Breathtaking views

Walking along the top of the cliffs puts you almost at treetop level, so sometimes I’ve been lucky enough to spot a chorister robin-chat trying to hide its glowing, golden breast as it skulks among the canopy.

– Patricia McCracken, Wild 35


  • Hiking
  • Self-guided walking trails
  • Game viewing
  • Picnicking
  • Birding
  • Fresh water fishing

Top sightings: Bushbuck, common reedbuck, oribi, blue and grey duiker, you might even spot a leopard

Accommodation: Chalets, camping

Gate times: 06:30 – 19:30

Nearest centre: 21km from Port Shepstone (about 15 minutes).

Contact reserve: +27 (0)39 679 1644

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

Visit Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve’s home page.