Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Nearly 5 km wide at some points, and over 400 m deep, the Oribi Gorge is perhaps better classified as a canyon than a gorge. The reserve is located at the confluence of the Mzimkulu and Mximkulwana Rivers. Aeons of erosion by these rivers have carved out nearly 30 km of spectacular kloofs and crags, covered with dense subtropical vegetation.

The reserve is bisected by a paved road that descends right to the base of the gorge, where it crosses the river and climbs back up the other side. Beside the bridge there is a picnic / braai area and the starting point of a couple of trails, including the Hoopoe Falls Trail that wends its way along the riverbank, culminating in a delightful well-deserved waterfall. But be cautioned that bilharzia can be contracted from the water.

The dense forest of the sandstone cliffs is home to various small mammals, especially both vervet and samango monkeys, bushbuck, duiker, reedbuck and of course the reserves namesake, the oribi. If hiking near the river keep an eye open for the giant water leguan that burrows it's home along the banks of these rivers.

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES AT ORIBI GORGE NATURE RESERVE:
- hiking
- bird watching
- picnic / braai area


SUMMARY OF WILDLIFE & FLORA:
Mammals: monkeys, variety small antelope, occasional leopard
Birdlife: 250 recorded bird species
Reptiles: water leguan


DIRECTIONS TO ORIBI GORGE NATURE RESERVE:
- 18 km west of Port Shepstone, off the N2
(look out for pedestrians and stray animals on this stretch of highway)


South Coast Accommodation

Accommodation Near Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Sleeps: 22 in 3 units/rooms

Oribi Gorge Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Oribi Gorge

3.5km North West of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

All of our cottages are fully self-catering and are great for weekend getaways, family holidays or even a couple's getaway. Shuttleworth House accommodation for 12 is provided in the farm's refurbished Shuttleworth House.

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Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Oribi Gorge

5.3km West of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Our exclusive, luxury villas are built on the edge of the impressive sandstone cliffs offering spectacular views of the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. From this vantage point, nature's canvas will display views that are so majestic that you will feel

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Leopard Rock Lookout Chalets

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Oribi Gorge

6.6km North of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Leopard Rock Lookout Chalets sounds so unassuming that when you hear they have four honeymoon chalets you never for one moment imagine what you will find when you arrive.

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Sleeps: 71 in 17 units/rooms

Lake Eland Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Oribi Gorge

9.0km West of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Situated just a 35 minute drive inland from Port Shepstone, Lake Eland offers 7 self-catering wooden chalets. These two-bedroomed chalets are situated on a dam and visitors can fish from their own deck while they braai and relax, watching for ...

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Shelly Caravan Park

Caravan or Camping Accommodation in Shelly Beach

14.7km East of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Shelly Caravan Park is a peaceful camping and caravan resort situated in the seaside town of Shelly Beach on the lower South Coast of Kwa Zulu-Natal. The resort itself is set around it's own private dam in the countryside and yet it is just five minutes

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Sleeps: 24 in 7 units/rooms

Komorebi Resort

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Shelly Beach

14.7km East of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Komorebi Resort is set in the lovely coastal town of Shelly Beach on the Lower South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The resort boasts peace and tranquility and has a country equestrian style setting. The resort has two rustic wooden cabins and five unique luxur

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Sleeps: 8 in 2 units/rooms

River Valley Nature Reserve

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Margate

15.3km South East of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

River Valley Nature Reserve offers two identical cottages situated in a peaceful and picturesque part of the reserve close to the iVungu River. Each cottage has two large bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, both bathrooms having a shower and a bath. The

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Sleeps: 6

Oder Was

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Uvongo

16.5km South East of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Spacious, two bedroom flat, fully equipped for six people. Lock-up garage, splash-pool,DSTVwith PVR, Wireless tower available for internet, private braai facility.

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms

Knoxgore Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in St Michaels-on-Sea

16.6km East of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Knoxgore Cottages located in St Michaels-on-Sea, offer an ideal holiday break away within a secure environment.

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The Skippers

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Shelly Beach

16.9km East of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

This is a modern freestanding townhouse situated in the secure Skippers complex. You will love this home with its peaceful and inviting open plan living area leading to grass area in front of the residence. Offering an open plan lounge/dining/kitchen area

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