About us

This 8 000 ha coastal reserve consists mostly of open grassland dissected by perenial streams and flanked by the magnificent forested ravines of the Msikaba and Mtentu rivers. Grasslands cover a large portion of the reserve and support a fascinating and diverse flora. Large numbers of grazing herbivores such as Eland, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Blesbuck and even Gemsbok, have been introduced into the grasslands, although only the first two species are indigenous to the area. Nature lovers and hikers love Mkhambathi Nature Reserve. This subtropical walker’s paradise has much to offer with a long stretch of coastline and an extensive choice of hikes.

Characterised by open grasslands, indigenous forest patches and swamp forests, Mkhambathi Nature Reserve is fringed by the beautiful forested ravines of the Msikaba and Mtentu Rivers. Most of the reserve is rolling grassland, supporting an intriguing diversity of plant life.

Of all the rivers running through the reserve, the sparkling pools and series of waterfalls on the Mkhambathi River are the most stunning. The Horseshoe Falls is particularly awesome. Downstream the river cascades over the Strandloper and Mkhambathi Falls before crashing into the ocean.

Birds to spot include the Ground-hornbill, Red-shouldered widow, Yellow-throated longclaw, Common waxbill, Croaking cisticola, Orange-throated Longclaw, Gurney’s sugarbird and Greater double-collared sunbird.

Amenities

Facilities

  • Game Lodges (2)
  • Self-catering
  • Cottages, rondavels
  • Self-guided walks
  • Game viewing

Activities


  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Other

  • Game viewing
  • Game Drives
  • Horse riding
  • Canoeing

Accommodation


The reserve offers accommodation in cottages, rondavels and 2 lodges.

The Mkambati Game Lodge has 5 en-suite double rooms, a swimming pool and a magnificent sea view. The balance of the accommodation is more rustic, some on the beach, some 4km inland. The lodge can be contacted at Tel: +27 (0)39 727 3124 or Fax: +27 (0)39 727 3939 for further information.

Other accomodation centres scattered around the reserve are all self-catering: Gwegwe has several rondavels, each with en-suite and kitchen facilities; Point Cottage is right on the beach, sleeps around 8 persons and is ideal for a large family or a group of friends, and the Lagoon lodge can sleep parties of up to 20 persons. Booking can be made through KevalTravel on Tel: +27 (0)39 306 9000

Office Hours

Monday

08:00 - 16:30

Tuesday

08:00 - 16:30

Wednesday

08:00 - 16:30

Thursday

08:00 - 16:30

Friday

08:00 - 16:30

Saturday

08:00 - 16:30

Sunday

08:00 - 16:30

Address

Our Address:

Mkambati Nature Reserve, West Coast, KZN, South Africa

GPS:

-31.29190061082977, 29.969226820394397

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Contact person

Natasha Kleinhans