Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Situated some 25km inland from Port Shepstone, the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is a protected area with great biodiversity, eco-active and adventure activities and spectacular scenery that attracts photographers and nature lovers from around the world.

Formed over millions of years as the uMzimkulwana River cut through the ancient sandstone creating sheer cliffs and breath-taking landscape that has been left virtually untouched. The river gorge is lined with dense coastal bush and forests and is surrounded by grasslands plateau scattered with trees, protea woodland and much semi-deciduous forest.

The Oribi Gorge has over 500 plant species and more than 250 grassland, woodland and forest bird species, making it one of KwaZulu-Natal’s top birding spots.

Wildlife species present in the gorge include reedbuck, duiker, caracal, serval, jackal, otter, mongoose and the rare Samango monkey. Occasionally visitors or locals claim to have spotted leopard.

The best way to experience the Oribi Gorge’s natural wonders are through hikes, mountain biking, horse riding, abseiling, white water rafting, gorge swing, bird watching, game viewing, picnicking, swimming and many other activities. Don’t miss Lehr’s Falls and Samango Falls.

Accommodation in the reserve is in self-catering chalets as well as campsite suitable for caravans and tents. Guests have exclusive use of a swimming pool and sundeck. Bookings are through Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.  

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