Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa
The Natal Coast
The Natal South Coast
Umtamvuna Nature Reserve
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This reserve offers magnificent views over the river gorge and includes many very rare species of plants. The walks are the most rewarding of the entire South coast.
More than 28kms of river frontage are compressed into the 19 kms of the reserve. There are coastal forest, riverine forest, sheer rock faces more than 240m high above the river and the wild flowers in the higher regions offer a never ending change of colour as the seasons progress.
This small reserve is well worth a day's visit. There is no accommodation but there is a picnic site near the reserve office. The name of the reserve is taken from that of the river the 'reaper of mouthfuls' due to its action whilst in flood.
There is a nesting colony of one hundred Cape Vultures, baboons, leopards and samango monkeys. Over 250 species of birds have been identified in the reserve.