Umtamvuna Nature Reserve

    Officer incharge (Contact Person)
    (039) 311 2383 (Telephone)
    (033) 845 1999 (Telephone)
    082 559 2864 (Mobile)
    087 150 4539 (Mobile)
    (039) 313 1932 (Fax) (Email)

Physical Address

8km from Port Edward
Izingolweni Road
Off R61

Postal Address

P. O. Box 25
Port Edward



The Umtamvuna Nature Reserve is famous for its magnificent views of the deep Umtamvuna River gorge. Umtamvuna is a treasure house of rare and endemic trees and plant species in a diversity of habitats, with spectacular wild flower displays after the spring rains. The reserve has the best nature walks along the entire KwaZulu-Natal coastline, with several marked trails to explore. A large colony of the endangered cape vulture can be observed on their nesting sites. A small picnic site is situated above the office within the reserve, and a day visit is a rewarding experience. No accommodation is available in this reserve but excellent accommodation is plentiful in the nearby towns.

Getting There

South coast, KZN-Transkei border. The reserve extends north-west upstream from the site of the old pontoon crossing south of Port Edward. Access is off the road to Izingolweni from Port Edward.