Over countless millenia the Mzimkulwana River has cut a deep gorge which we now call Oribi Gorge.
Oribi Gorge is situated just over 20 km inland from Port Shepstone.
The gorge offers wonderful views and there are a number of walks in the area. There is a picnic site alongside the river at the bottom of the gorge.
Birding is a popular activity in the gorge and one might see Knysna Woodpecker, Crowned Eagle, African Broadbill and many others. Here is a bird checklist. A number of mammals may be seen including Bushbuck, Blue Duiker and Samango Monkey.
At the top of the gorge there is a small camp offering both hutted and camping facilities.
Photo © Steven Herbert
Above and below - What a difference a year makes! The photograph above was taken on 22nd September 2007 and the below photograph on the 19th October 2008.
Photo © Steven Herbert
Checklist of some of the birds to be seen at Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve
African Black Duck
Southern Black Tit
Lesser Striped Swallow
Southern Black Flycatcher
African Dusky Flycatcher
Cape Glossy Starling
Southern Red Bishop
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
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