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Umtamvuna Nature Reserve

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A great day out

This reserve is one of Southern Natal's best kept secrets. Off the beaten track, it offers amazing... read more

Reviewed January 3, 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa
If You Are A Nature Lover...

.. then a visit to Umtamvuna is well-worth the effort. There are a number of different hikes... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2017
Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

This reserve is one of Southern Natal's best kept secrets. Off the beaten track, it offers amazing walks down to the Umtamvuma river. With views of the sea and rolling hills of the former Transkei one can either walk along the hill tops from the...More

2  Thank john_mehliss
Reviewed November 8, 2017

.. then a visit to Umtamvuna is well-worth the effort. There are a number of different hikes (short and long) to choose from. Beautiful views and even some animals to be seen. Entrance fee is R30 pp unless you park at the Pont Gate which...More

2  Thank 476francois
Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

Drove past the reserve and decided to go for a long walk. What a surprise. The office was neat and tidy but no official was present. Lovely sandstone formations and flowers all over. Will definitely go back and spend more time there

Thank Jack B
Reviewed August 15, 2017

My husband and I visited the reserve that is past Beaver Creek Coffee Estate (not the one further down towards the Eastern Cape border). We had a wonderful day hiking along this route. The hike down, along the gorge's steep sides, towards the Bulolo River,...More

1  Thank clairesN6838OC
Reviewed May 11, 2017

Umtamvuna Nature Reserve near Port Edward offers strenuous hiking tours and is a dictionary of Southafrican botany for tree huggers. Parking is free at the main gate, but there is no parking attendent. From the main gate, we choose the porcupine route. You can choose...More

2  Thank siehstewoll
Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

Staff was a bit slow but very friendly, the hike was beautiful and the paths were very well maintained

1  Thank Frank d
Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We visited Umtamvuna with 2 kids under 2. We opted for a 2 hour hike which was beautiful and pretty easy to do with 2 young kids in hiking carriers. The scenery was breathtaking and this was a great introduction to nature and hiking to...More

Thank Janet F
Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

Mtavuna Nature Reserve is only 3200ha large, but contains more rare trees than anywhere else in Southern Africa. There are 1400 species of flowering plants. Of these about 385 woody plants such as shrubs and trees. Enough said? Brush up on your botany skills in...More

2  Thank DoctorD5
Reviewed August 12, 2015

It must have been the perfect season and weather for this hike, the strong wind on top was cooling after the hike up on the Fisheagle trail. We had lunch in the forest near a tiny waterfall, with baboons playing a small distance away. The...More

1  Thank Silvi227
Reviewed July 26, 2015

Well worth a visit, there is a lovely trail along the river and the bird-life is fabulous. The paths were well kept and the reserve is fairly well signposted. A bit disconcerting were the sounds from people living on the cliffs across the river -...More

1  Thank Karen F
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