The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Mtunzini

The main road through the village of Mtunzini

The main road into Mtunzini

Photo © Steven Herbert


Mtunzini is a small coastal village that isn't really on the coast. It is separated from the sea by the Umlalazi Nature Reserve.

Mtunzini weather


The town is situated approximately 140 km north of Durban and is just off the N2 highway.

Attractions around the town include a golf course, beautiful beaches, bird-watching, hiking and fishing.

On the outskirts of the town is the Rafia Palm 'Monument'. This is a small plantation of these large palm trees which take 20 years to produce fruit and then die. The Rafia Palms attract the Palm-nut Vulture which in turn attracts numerous bird-watchers to the region.

There is a trail through the dense coastal forest which is great for walks and bird-watching.

The Umlalazi Lagoon is a scenic place to have a picnic.

References and further reading

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Published: 1983 - Page: 166

Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Published: 1995 - Page: 45

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 252

Where to see Birds in Natal - Author: Gordon Bennett - Published: 1989 - Page: 35

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 142

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 359

go! - Issue 089 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 50

go! - Issue 156 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 43

go! - Issue 162 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 42

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 210

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 133


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