Accommodation near Umtamvuna Nature Reserve

Umtamvuna Nature Reserve has been described as KwaZulu Natal’s botanical paradise, comprising of a unique riverine forest, rare endemic plant species and a spectacular array of birdlife

The reserve includes a large section of the mighty Umtamvuna River and is also surrounded by cliffs and plateaus. Many of the imposing cliff faces stand at a height of 240-metres and are the chosen nesting grounds for the resident Cape vultures. The plateau consists of open grassland or more specifically, ‘Pondoland Sourveld’. These grasslands are known for their colourful displays of wild flowers; this occurrence however, is dependent on winter rainfall.

The reserve is located 8km’s from the rural town of Port Edward. The 324.7-hectare park is popular for walkers looking to explore it on foot. There are a number of trails to embark on, all varying in distance and difficulty. The ‘Fish Eagle Trail’ is a four-hour circular route which offers visitors scenic views while giving them the opportunity to explore diverse sections of the reserve.

The Umtamvuna Nature Reserve is more suited to day visitors as there is no accommodation available within the park. However, if you wish to prolong your visit, there are various establishments found in nearby areas. In between game spotting, enjoy a meal at the reserve’s picnic site. Here you’ll be able to spot various birds and marvel over the views of the game reserve.   

If you’re looking to explore Port Edward, there are a number of places that one can visit. The Crag’s View Wildcare Centre is the only formal rehabilitation centre in the entire South Coast region, offering care, treatment and nurturing to orphaned and injured birds and animals.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Villa Dore
5.1 km

From R3500* Unit

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Villa Doré is located in a small resort town named Port Edward on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. This self catering villa has six up-market rooms. Each room is modern, spacious and ... More Info

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Umtamvuna View Cabanas
6.9 km


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From R1100* Unit

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Umtamvuna View Cabanas offers self-catering accommodation with panoramic views of the mountains, the Gorge, the Umtamvuna River and a glimpse of the sea. 8kms from Port Edward beach, Wild coast Casin... More Info

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De Novo Lodge
6.9 km

From R750* Unit

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De Novo Lodge is set in beautiful grounds which feature a giant Strangler Fig and a small orchard. Each of our units is fan cooledand secure, with front and back access. There are many walled in litt... More Info

Kuboboyi River Lodge
7.4 km

From R275 PPS

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Kuboboyi River Lodge is the place to be; settled on top of a beautiful hill, overlooking the river, and with a spectacular panoramic view of the sea meeting the continent that will literally take you... More Info

The Estuary Hotel & Spa
7.7 km

From R700 PPS

The Estuary Hotel & Spa is located on the KZN lower South Coast, originally built in 1941 and set in a Cape Dutch Style. The Hotel overlooks the Estuary and has secluded access to the protected Silver... More Info

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La La Nathi
7.8 km

From R400 PPS

We offer you the discerning traveller not only a "home away from home" but a unique luxury experience where personalised attention and service excellence are paramount. Unit 1 (sleeps 2) has priv... More Info

Ocean View B & B
8.1 km

From R550 PPS

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Ocean View Bed and Breakfast is a 4 star graded establishment with 4 bedrooms - 2 of which are ensuite - the other 2 sea facing bedrooms share a large full bathroom. All bedrooms have 32 INCH FLAT ... More Info

Suzy's Place
8.3 km

From R350 PPS

Suzy's Place is situated in the heart of Port Edward, offering new, spotless air-conditioned accommodation in rooms with beautiful sea views that are within walking distance of a lovely safe swimming ... More Info

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8.3 km

From R600* Unit

Chianti consist of four upgraded Self Catering units. We are situated in a beautiful fisherman's village named Port Edward - the last town on the South Coast. Chianti provides a relaxed environm... More Info

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Eight Palms
8.5 km


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Eight Palms Accommodation offers 3 lovely units in a peaceful setting in the heart of Port Edward. The property is located only 500 meters from the main beach and 200 meters from the shops and restaur... More Info

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Port Edward Reviews

Port Edward
A beautiful seaside resort.
- Colin Chand

Port Edward
Lovely peaceful town, ideal for a getaway from town and for relaxation
- Gcwalisile Kunene

Port Edward
After seeing how dirty and run down Port St. John was, I am so happy I had picked Port Edward to stay. The town has a lot of western influence, was clean and people were friendly. The beach in our area was nice but not able to do a long walk on the beach due to rocky coast line. It was a good overnight stop, would not stay for long.
- Barbara Schranz

Port Edward
Small town where I would stay
- Eben Alberts

Port Edward
Excellent and one does not get "ripped off" for being on holiday. All facilities were good and very reasonably priced including the Vet - Dr. Watson - who we used for our four legged child and we can highly recommend him.
- Cheryll Lowe

Port Edward
Awesome beach, loved it!
- Susan Seath

Port Edward
Wonderful little town. Peaceful and friendly
- Bev Schofield

Port Edward
Lovely - breathtaking views, very peaceful.
- Lance Kotze

Port Edward
Excellent. Love Port Edward and will certainly recommend to others.
- Juliet Swartz

Port Edward
Great MTB trails!
- Susan Keyser