Mkambathi Nature Reserve


This is the Wild Coast at its most spectacular. The Mkhambathi Nature Reserve, situated on the coast of north-eastern Pondoland between Port Edward and Port St Johns, is a 7 720ha coastal reserve with open grasslands, dotted with indigenous forest patches and swamp forests and flanked by the magnificent forested ravines of the Msikaba and Mtentu rivers. Of the many rivers running through the reserve, the Mkhambathi is perhaps the most beautiful with its crystal clear pools and series of spectacular waterfalls. The Horseshoe Falls are impressive as they plunge over the terrace in a wide arc. Further down, the river tumbles over the Strandloper and Mkhambathi Falls before dropping several metres into the ocean. The grasslands covering a large portion of the reserve support fascinating and diverse flora and a large number of reintroduced herbivores. Mkhambathi Nature Reserve is truly a birder’s paradise.


Applicable April 2024 to March 2025:
Main Lodge (sold per room, 5x2 sleeper rooms): R741/room/night (off peak)
R889/room/night (peak)
Cottage ( 2 cottages, 6 persons maximum each): 1-2 person R741/night, 1-6 person R1300/cottage/night (off peak)
1-6 person R1521/cottage/night (peak)
Conservation Fee - Applicable to both day and overnight visitors and are to be paid in cash at the reserve upon arrival:

nature walks adult R49/ child R27

Nature Reserve is accessible by 4x4 vehicle

Walking Trails
Self-guided game viewing
Fishing(permit required and at designated areas only)
Dolphin and whale watching
Chacma baboon
Black-backed Jackal
Cape Vultures
Southern Rhebuck
Common Duiker

Directions from Mthatha to Mkambathi (approx 208km, 4h 21min):
1. Head Northwest (31m)
2. Turn left (150m)
3. Turn right (550m)
4. Turn right onto Vulindlela Rd (1km)
5. Turn right onto Errol Spring Ave (1.8km)
6. Continue onto Tutor Nadamase Ave (180m)
7. Continue onto Tembu St (110m)
8. Turn left onto Norwood 6th Ave (600m)
9. Continue straight onto Bernard Schultz Dr (400m)
10. Turn left onto Boundry Rd (230m)
11. Turn right onto R61 (86.4km)
12. Turn left to stay on R61 (33.8km)
13. Sharp left to stay on R61 (2.4km)
14. Turn left to stay on R61 (1.2km)
15. Turn right (900m)
16. Turn left (32.9km)
17. Turn right (45.3km)
You have arrived
(Please consult your navigation system and the reserve prior to departing for your trip for more accuracy and up to date road conditions as these are only approximations and should only be used as a guideline)

South Africa
Road Conditions: 
4x4 Recommended

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