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


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From R3330* 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

Far Horizon Eco Lodge
6.5 km

From R300* 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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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 air-conditioned and secure, with front and back access. There are many walled i... More Info

Kuboboyi River Lodge
7.4 km

From R325 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 R730 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

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

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

Leisure Retreat CC
8.1 km

From R650* unit

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

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

Ashton Manor
8.2 km

From R2100* unit

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Ashton Manor is a 3 star Graded self Catering house - It sleeps up to 20 people - We do not generally sublet portions of the house - Ideal for big groups and big families. We have a large pool, vol... 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