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Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

  • Oribi Gorge, South Coast - KwaZulu Natal
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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

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Shelly Caravan Park
Guest Rating: 8.6
From R 150
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Shelly Caravan Park

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14.7 Km from Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

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River Valley Nature Reserve
Guest Rating: 10
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River Valley Nature Reserve

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Margate

South Coast

15.3 Km from 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

Beachwood Cottages
Guest Rating: 8
Sleeps 20 in 5 units
From R 280
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Beachwood Cottages

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

South Coast

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

Shelly Beach Lodge
Sleeps 6 in 3 units
From R 1100
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
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Shelly Beach Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Shelly Beach

South Coast

17 Km from Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Situated approximately 500 meters from Shelly Centre where a wide variety of shops and restaurants are available. Experience all the beauty, the traditional cultures, the exotic coastal foods, majestic views and breath-taking sunsets of the KwaZulu-Natal

Mystique 21
Guest Rating: 9.6

Mystique 21

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Shelly Beach

South Coast

17.2 Km from Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

This up market, 3 bedroom apartment, is ideally situated on the picturesque beachfront of Shelly Beach in close proximity to all your essential amenities. It boasts a main bedroom and balcony with breathtaking sea views.

Kubu Bali 22
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Kubu Bali 22

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Shelly Beach

South Coast

17.2 Km from Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

8 Sleeper, 3 bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor(Top). Main bedroom (double bed) air conditioned and sea view with Sliding doors onto balcony. Second bedroom (double bed). Third bedroom (2 double bunk beds). Linen, duvets and pillows provided.

Shore Breakers Chalets
Guest Rating: 8.6
From R 600
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Shore Breakers Chalets

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Shelly Beach

South Coast

17.2 Km from Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Shore Breakers offer the ultimate in self catering accommodation.- .Ch7 ,& ch 8 are sea-facing,whilst the other ch1-6 are set in large garden, on ground level.serviced daily. Ch 1,2,3 4,,5,6 are newly renovated.all are approx 30 paces from beac

Oribi Gorge Guest Farm
Sleeps 22 in 3 units
From R 400
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Oribi Gorge Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Oribi Gorge

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3.5 Km from 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.

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa
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The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Oribi Gorge

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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

Leopard Rock Lookout Chalets
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Leopard Rock Lookout Chalets

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COME & ENJOY SOME TRANQUILITY FOR YOUR SOUL IN OUR CHALETS BUILT ON THE EDGE OF THE UMZIMKULU RIVER VALLEY WITH THE BEST VIEWS IMAGINABLE, LEATHER RECLINERS, JACUZZI SPA BATH, OUTSIDE SHOWER, ENGLISH BREAKFAST & SO MUCH MORE!

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