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A 460ha nature reserve made up of a series of wetlands and grasslands, the Luchaba Nature Reserve has seen the recent reintroduction of various indigenous species as well as wetland conservation efforts in restoring the area to its former biodiversity. Boasting countryside views, a host of thriving wildlife and the ultimate in tranquillity, Luchaba Nature Reserve can be found just outside of the town of Umtata, adjacent to the Mthatha Dam.
Activity Permits

Activity permits are temporary form of permission giving private operators approval to host lawful activities within the protected area/ nature reserves.

These activities range from lifestyle events such as weddings, music festivals to adventure and nature based activities such as trail running, cycling, horse riding, canoeing etc. For more information, and to apply for an activity permit, please contact Ms Siyasanga Mabuyane or Mr Bulelani Silangwe at or

Please be advised that an approved activity permit can only be used once for the event/activity applied for.

General Information

Gate Times:
06h00 - 22h00


  • Picnicking
  • Mthatha Dam
  • Self-drive game drives
  • Mountain biking
  • The Garden rock Trail (1km walk)
  • Conferencing (150-seat conference centre)
  • Restaurant (catering for up to 136 guests)
  • Tooke Garden of Remembrance

Nearby Attractions

  • The Nelson Mandela museum - (Bhunga building in Mthatha, Mvezo, where Mandela was born, and Qunu, the cultural village where he grew up)
  • Bulungula Homestay Experience
  • Coastal Hike to Hole In The wall

Contact Info

Reserve Number
Reserve Manager
27-47 531 0276
Lat: -31.5289698
Long: 28.7368461
Office hours

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