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Umtamvuna Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Umtamvuna Natuurreservaat

Private jetty in the reserve

Umtamvuna Nature Reserve

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KwaZulu-Natal

The Umtamvuna Nature Reserve lies along the northern bank of the Umtamvuna River which marks the boundary between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. Many visitors to the reserve stay at nearby Port Edward.

The reserve is administered by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife who describe the reserve as a "botanical paradise". Certainly the lush vegetation and flowers are the lasting memories of a visit to the reserve.

Accommodation in Port Edward

A number of trails lead through the 3,247 hectare reserve. The hikes last from a few hours to a full day in duration. There is no accommodation in the reserve but there is plenty of accommodation available in the nearby coastal towns.

On the trails you may encounter mammals such as Baboon, Samango Monkey, Bushbuck, Blue Duiker and Reedbuck. Birders will also find plenty to look for.

Thick vegetation is the order of the day

Above - The reserve is covered in dense coastal forest

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References and further reading

Birding in Southern KwaZulu-Natal - Author: David Allan - Year Published: - Page: 38

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 150

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 198

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 115

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 143

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 163

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 175

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 210

Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 57

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