Empisini Nature Reserve

Empisini Nature Reserve

The sixty hectare Empisini Nature Reserve is situated on KwaZulu Natal's South coast a short distance from the well known diving community of Umkomaas. The reserve is owned by the Umkomaas town council, and is managed by the Umkomaas Centre of Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa.

Empisini Nature Reserve was established in 1973, and consists mainly of coastal forest, scrub and pioneer grassland, and a perennial stream and dam, which support extensive reed and sedge beds.

One of the major attractions of the Empisini Nature reserve is the large wooden tree house which can be found deep within the forest, adjacent to the Empisini Stream. The tree house accommodates up to twenty people, and features a cold shower, a flush toilet and a kitchen with running water, as well as twenty mattresses which are supplied. There is unfortunately no electricity, and visitors are advised to bring their own gas lamps and cooking equipment, torches, sleeping bags, cutlery, crockery, food and drinks. For details contact Lesley at 039-973-0093.

The reserve also features a number of picnic and braai sites situated alongside the dam for the use of day visitors. The reserve also offer a number of excellent hiking trails which lead visitors through the various habitats of the reserve, providing outstanding opportunities for birdwatching. The area is home to a wide variety of birdlife which includes species such as Spotted Ground Thrush, Grey Cuckooshrike, Black Sparrowhawk, Narina Trogon, Lemon Dove, Knysna Turaco and many more. Bird lists and maps are available on request from the reserve management.

Accommodation Near Empisini Nature Reserve

17 Robinson Street

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Umkomaas

1.0km South East of Empisini Nature Reserve

17 Robinson Street is a luxury home with three en-suite bedrooms and takes 6 adults MAX. It has a 180 degree view of the Sea or Aliwal Shoal. The house comes with a maid to service all the rooms

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Sleeps: 24 in 8 units/rooms

Ocean Park Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Umkomaas

1.2km South East of Empisini Nature Reserve

Welcome to Ocean Park Guest House. Luxury accommodation in Umkomaas ("River of Whales"), a coastal town in Kwa-Zulu Natal. This colonial style house was built in 1890 and recently refurbished to its current glory...

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Laysea Days

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Umkomaas

1.2km East of Empisini Nature Reserve

We warmly welcome you to our exciting, funky and comfortable 'Holiday Home' in the heart of Aliwal Shoal Shark Diving Territory - the renown village of Umkomaas.

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Sleeps: 8 in 2 units/rooms

Aliwal Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Umkomaas

1.3km East of Empisini Nature Reserve

The main house consists of 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge, dining room and fully equipped kitchen also with a lovely outside covered patio area. The two main bedrooms and the lounge have a stunning view of the Indian Ocean where you can see ...

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Vicky's Holiday Accommodation

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Umkomaas

1.4km South East of Empisini Nature Reserve

Vicky's holiday accommodation is situated a mere 100m from a beautiful child and pet friendly beach, not to mention that it's a excellent fishing spot and also about 50m away from the beautiful golf course.

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Sleeps: 19 in 6 units/rooms

Umkomaas Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Umkomaas

1.4km South East of Empisini Nature Reserve

Sea facing, with six en suite bedrooms, five are sea facing and one with a sea view, all of which are designed for maximum comfort, and include silent running fridges, fans, hairdryer, TV, video, etc. Safe parking. All airconditioned end January 2007

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Sleeps: 10

House On The Beach

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Umkomaas

2.1km South East of Empisini Nature Reserve

The House on the Beach has a distinct Cape Cod feel when you enter. The wooden ceilings and floors have been white washed, the kitchen is all cream and white. There is a ball and claw stand alone bath for the ladies to relax.

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Sleeps: 12

Highrocks

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Widenham

2.1km South East of Empisini Nature Reserve

Highrocks is an easy drive down the south coast from Durban of approximately 40 minutes. As you enter the property you see the vast ocean before you, the lounge is double volume and the 80 year old eaves are exposed. From there you walk onto the deck and

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Sleeps: 28 in 8 units/rooms

Le Paradis Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Widenham

2.1km South East of Empisini Nature Reserve

We would gladly accommodate you in any one or more of our 3 sea facing or 6 non sea facing units which is completely self catering and different in sizes, each with a fully equipped kitchenette.

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Sleeps: 8

Umkomazi Beach House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Widenham

2.2km South East of Empisini Nature Reserve

"Barefoot Luxury" best describes Umkomazi Rocks Beach House. Kick off those shoes, put your feet up and escape the noise of the world, here the ocean rules all your senses, the sounds and smells of the surf breaking below you, the amazing sunrises ...

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