This reserve is only one hour south of Durban and although slightly inland, it boasts a clear view of the ocean. Eland, blue wildebeest, zebra and bushbuck roam freely amongst grassy plains. Birders can enjoy the abundance of birdlife around the two dams.

Main attractions

  • The beautiful views of wooded slopes, open grassland ridges and the ocean
  • Wide trail network

It’s the kind of place where you can drop in with littlies for an hour or two after the school run, making time in the natural wild a regular part of their childhood.

– Patricia McCracken, Wild 35


  • Picnicking
  • Walking (self-guided trails)
  • Mountain biking

Top sightings: Martial and crested eagle, caracal, blue wildebeest, blesbok, oribi, reedbuck, blue duiker, black-backed jackal

Accommodation: Tree house, camping

Gate times: October – March 06:00 – 18:00, April – September 06:00 – 17:00

Nearest centre: 9km inland of Umzinto and Scottburgh (about 5 minutes).

Contact reserve: +27 (0)39 974 2222

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

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