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A favourite amongst visitors to the coast of north-eastern Pondoland, the Mkambati Nature Reserve is nothing shy of an African coastal paradise. Where landscapes are pieced together in a patchwork of indigenous forests and grassland plains and coastline terrains serve us scenes of rocky beaches and untouched sandy coves. The Mkambati river makes its way through the reserve, over a series of cliffs forming breathtaking waterfalls (Horseshoe Falls, Strandloper Falls and mkhambathi Falls) and a series of pools, before tumbling into the Indian Ocean. Other attractions include a secluded cave in the forest, +/-100m up river from the coast, the spectacular misty Falls, Four Falls and the mtentu and msikaba river gorges where endangered Cape vultures can often be seen circling high above.  
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

Stone Cottage (sleep 6 max) (Off-Peak)
Base Rate (1-2 people): R741 & more than 2 people R1300
Stone Cottage (sleep 6 max) (Peak)
Base Rate (1-2 people): R741 & more than 2 people R1521
Main Lodge Rooms 1-5 (Off-Peak)
R741 per room
Main Lodge Rooms 1-5 (Peak)
R889 per room


  • Fishing (in designated areas with permits)
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Whale & dolphin watching
  • Canoeing
  • Diving
  • Game drives
  • Nature walks
  • Horseshoe Falls
  • Strandloper Falls
  • Mkhambathi Falls

Nearby Attractions

  • Shipwreck exploring- Sao Bento (1554) near the mouth of the msikaba river | Grosvenor (1782) in Lambasi Bay.

Contact Info

Reserve Number
Reserve Manager
Lat: -31.3
Long: 29.9
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