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Umlalazi Nature Reserve, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal

Umlalazi Nature Reserve, Zululand

Umlalazi Nature Reserve is situated near the Zululand town of Mtunzini on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. This 1028 ha reserve is one of the few coastal reserves encompassing a lagoon and a beach and its stand-out feature is that it contains one of the best preserved red, black and white mangroves, in large stands, in South Africa. There is an easy walk through the mangrove swamps and another through the dune forest where you can see bushpig, bushbuck, red and grey duiker.

This swamp is home to the fascinating mud and fiddler crabs, mudskippers, various tree-climbing whelks, snails and periwinkles. Small eels, fish, prawns and shrimps shelter in the mangrove roots and hippo, crocodiles and sharks occur in the lagoon and the river. You can ski and paddle on the lagoon but be very careful. The estuary is a refuge for a large variety of sea birds including the endangered oystercatcher.

There are a number of campsites at the Inkwazi Camp and the Indaba Camp both of which are about a 5 to 10 minute walk from the beach. There are also 13 fully equipped log cabins all with DSTV. Cabins are serviced but you must do your own washing up.

Getting there: turn off the N2 at Mtunzini. Go left at the fork and you will see the signpost in about 600 m on the right.

Bookings can be made at the reserve office. Tel: +27 (0)35 340 1836

Central reservations tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000 Email

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