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.
Clearwater Trails & Cabins
4.7 km

From R200 pps

Clearwater Cabins offer a brilliant outdoor experience! Located on beautiful farmlands, overlooking the Umtamvuna River Gorge and Nature Reserve on the South Coast of KZN, Clearwater Trails boasts som... More Info

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Clearwater Cottage
5 km


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From R650* unit

Clearwater Cottage is situated on our family farm in the garden of the main farmhouse. We are inland from Port Edward, about 10 minutes drive from the beach and shops. It is a working farm Monday - Fr... More Info

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Far Horizon Eco Lodge
6.5 km

From R550* unit

Far Horizon Eco Lodge, is nestled on the main road of Banners Rest, on the Old Pont Road, we are close to the pont, where water sports are available. Our Lodge, offers 9 spacious self catering an... More Info

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Vuna Valley
6.9 km

From R550* unit

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Vuna Valley is a home away from home, set in paradise. We cater for everyone from nature lovers to water sport enthusiasts, fishermen to golfers, thrill seekers to beach babes. There is so much to do,... More Info

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De Novo Lodge
6.9 km

From R700* unit

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

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Eden Crest
7.1 km

From R800* unit

Eden Crest is in the small but vibrant town of Port Edward which borders Kwazulu Natal and the Eastern Cape. This lovely unit has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (main en suite) and comes fully equipped wi... More Info

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Kuboboyi River Lodge
7.4 km

From R350* unit

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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

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Zesty Guesthouse
7.7 km

From R650* unit

Zesty Guest House is situated in idyllic Port Edward. Guests are welcome to relax at the pool, have a swim and make use of the braai facilities available. Zesty Guest House sleeps 24 guests comfortabl... More Info

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La La Nathi
7.8 km

From R350 pps

We offer you the discerning traveller not only a "home away from home" but an unique luxury experience where personalised attention and service excellence are paramount. Unit 1 (sleeps up to 4) h... More Info

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Leisure Retreat CC
8.1 km

From R175 pps

Situated on the South Coast of Kwazulu Natal, our place is a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. We have the most perfect winter climate! Our rustic wooden cabins are set where you ca... More Info

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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.
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Excellent. Love Port Edward and will certainly recommend to others.
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Great MTB trails!
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