Nature Reserves

50% OFF Hluleka Nature Reserve for October & November

50% OFF all bookings for Hluleka Nature Reserve for the months of October and November 2011 and February and March 2012.

(Also at Great Fish Nature Reserve)

Reservations: 043-701 9600
Email: reservations@ecpta.co.za

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Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve


Tucked along South Africa's breathtaking Wild Coast, Inkwenkwezi is a world-class big five game reserve with an emphasis on luxury and thoughtful details.

Inkwenkwezi's prime location in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa offers many unique opportunities, as it encompasses five different regional ecosystems (biomes) and a tidal estuary.

This rich diversity of landscape offers unparalleled wildlife viewing.

The reserve is just five minutes from magnificent beaches and a short, convenient drive from the East London airport

Inkwenkwezi offers spacious and well-appointed luxury tented accommodation to guests in our Valley and Bush Camps; nestled in intimate, leafy settings on the incomparable Wild Coast.

Snuggle down into an easy chair to watch the wildlife from the comfortable perch of your own timber viewing deck at Inkwenkwezi Private game Reserve.

ACTIVITIES:
Inkwenkwezi offers a variety of activities to guests, such as guided safaris, hiking trails, horse trails, canoeing, quad biking, mountain biking, elephant interactions and elephant back safaris.

Conference and team building facilities are also offered at Inkwenkwezi. Feel free to email us at pgr@inkwenkwezi.co.za and we will gladly assist you.

Weddings at the Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve are as romantic and unique as the love that brings you here. Have your dreams come true at our beautiful Wild Coast wedding venue.

CONTACT:

  • Tel: 043 734 3234
  • Fax: 043 734 3888
  • Email: pgr@inkwenkwezi.co.za
  • Website: www.inkwenkwezi.com
  • Marine Protected Areas

    The following Nature Reserves are Marine Protected Areas, and have a strictly "no fishing allowed" policy.

    Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area

    No fishing is allowed between the western bank of the mouth of the Suku River (in the District of Elliotdale) and Human’s Rock (in the district of Willowvale), including the tidal portion of the Mbashe River, extending six nautical miles seawards of the high-water mark.

    Hluleka Marine Protected Area

    No fishing is allowed adjacent to the Hluleka Nature Reserve (in the Ngqeleni District), extending six nautical miles seawards from the high-water mark.

    Mkambati Marine Protected Area

    No fishing is allowed between the eastern bank of the mouth of the Mtentu River and the western bank

    of the mouth of the Msikaba River, including the tidal portions of these two rivers.

    Silaka Nature Reserve: scenic serenity

    Having recently visited Port St Johns after an absence of almost 5-years (post living and working there), I was once again taken by the stunning landscapes in general and the beauty in particular of the Silaka Nature Reserve. This has prompted me to add it to the trivago travel community of which I am a member. Should anybody wish to expand it by uploading their pictures and reviews of Silaka it would be much appreciated.
    http://www.trivago.co.uk/-94354/-/silaka-nature-reserve-1071814

    Entrance

    Bookings

    Bookings for Hluleka, Dwesa and Silaka Nature Reserves can be made through:

    Reservations : Head Office
    Tel: +27 (0)43-705 4400 (main line)
    Tel: +27 (0)43 742 4450
    Fax: +27 (0)43 742 5566
    e-mail link: reservations@ecparksboard.co.za

    For other enquiries please phone:
    Eastern Cape Tourism Board
    Umtata Booking Office
    Tel: (047) 5315290 Fax (047)5315291

    Hluleka Nature Reserve

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    Bookings for Hluleka, Dwesa and Silaka Nature Reserves can be made through:

    Reservations : Head Office

  • Tel: 043-7019600
  • Fax: Fax: 086 6111623
  • E-mail: reservations@ecpta.co.za
  • For other enquiries please phone:
    Eastern Cape Tourism Board
    Umtata Booking Office

  • Tel: (047) 5315290 Fax (047)5315291
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    Haga Haga

    Haga Haga Nature & Game Reserve
    Tel: 043-8411781
    info@hagahaga.co.za

    Dwesa / Cwebe

    Contact

    Reservations:
    Tel: 043-7019600
    Fax: 043-742 5566

    Reservations Contact Number: 043 7019600

    Reservations Fax: 086 6111623

    E-mail:
    reservations@ecpta.co.za

    Eastern Cape Tourism Board
    Umtata Booking Office
    Tel: (047) 5315290
    Fax: (047)5315291

    These two relatively small reserves, separated by the Mbashe River, are situated in the central Wild Coast. They are bordered on the one side by the Indian Ocean and on the other by rugged grasslands of the former Transkei. Both reserves are primarily covered by lowland forest but also support grasslands and acacia scrub. There are a total of 290 bird species recorded in the reserves, with at least a hundred to be found on a given visit. Being relatively under- birded, the number of known birds is ever increasing. Although a day will suffice in each reserve, at least three days is required/recommended to make the trip worthwhile.

    The reserves remain relatively undeveloped with only footpaths giving access to the majority of areas. With both reserves being small, most places can be reached on foot. Care should however be taken that you can find your way out of the forests. There are a few trails that can be negotiated by 4x4 to shorten the walks.

    Attractions

    Although the two reserves are very similar in habitat and vegetation and support many of the same small mammals and birds, Dwesa also contains a number of introduced game species, including red hartebeest, blesbok and blue wildebeest. Crocodiles have been re-introduced to the rivers and buffalo, eland and warthog once again roam the grassland and forest fringes.

    Dwesa:
    Dwesa Nature Reserve is the bigger of the two reserves (3900ha) situated on the western side of the Mbashe River. There is a campsite and a few Chalets, beautifully situated adjacent a small estuary spilling into the ocean.

    A blend of coastal forest, open grassland, winding rivers and a diverse coastline. Trails through lush forests make this a rambler's paradise. From the top of Kobole Point, there are magnificent views across the ocean where dolphins and whales are often seen.

    The birdlife in this 3900-ha reserve includes such rarities as the Narina Trogon and Mangrove Kingfisher. A good selection of the forest specials should be easily located in and around the campsite and chalets. The best forest birding is done on the road to the reserve office. There is also a track leading north through the forest towards Mendu (ask at the Office for directions).

    One should also walk through the grasslands around the office, where one can find Wailing Cisticola, Plainbacked Pipit, Broadtailed Warbler and Yellowthroated Longclaw. Look in the moist grassland around the estuary east of the campsite for Croaking Cisticola and a pair of Crowned Crane that frequent the area. Venturing further into Dwesa will take you to more extensive grasslands, especially around the Mendu estuary.

    Accommodation is provided in the form of self-catering chalets and a camp site. There are five 5-bed chalets and three 4-bed chalets. All of these chalets have gas refrigerators and stoves. The camp site has 20 stands and communal ablution facilities.

    There is also a caravan park/game lodge in Idutywa itself which can be contacted on +27 (0)47 499 0020 for further information.

    Cwebe:
    A newly established nature reserve, Cwebe contains a variety of habitats - forest, grassland, mangrove and beach - which support a wide range of birds and small mammals. The Mbanyana River is an added attraction, with its spectacular waterfalls and beautiful lagoon where Cape Clawless Otters may be observed. The 2149ha reserve is bounded to the south by the Mbashe River and from here a sandy beach, popular with anglers and shell-collectors, stretches northward.

    The best forest birding is done around the Mbanyana River causeway. Here one can find Halfcollared Kingfisher, Longtailed Wagtail, Narina Trogon, and Crowned Eagle. This area can be reached by following the 4x4 track running across the reserve; the turn-off to the track is approximately 500m after the gate to the Nature Reserve. The track also winds through some forest clearings, which provide excellent habitat for Broadtailed Warbler and Barratt??s Warbler. Following the road past the Haven takes you to some cottages and the mouth of the Mbanyana River. Among the moist grasslands are good places to look for Croaking Cisticola and Wailing Cisticola. The mouth of the Mbashe River plays host to Mangroves, Coastal forest and a small tern Colony.

    Cwebe Nature Reserve also has a trail leading to a waterfall in the forest. The trail is well marked and the trip well worth it (ask for directions at the hotel).

    The only accommodation currently offered in Cwebe Nature reserve is the Haven Hotel, which is situated about two kilometres from the Mbashe River, a popular spot for anglers. The rooms are all individual chalet style accommodation. Self-catering accommodation and a camping site are currently under development.

    Services

    - Nature reserve
    - Walking trails
    - Bird watching
    - Accommodation
    - Fishing (in demarcated areas)
    - 4x4 trails

    How to get there

    With these reserves being in the rural areas of the Transkei, the access roads, which are gravel, can be notoriously bad. All the roads however have recently been upgraded, making it accessible to all vehicles. This however may change after a few rainy seasons.

    The turn-off to Dwesa is in the town of Idutya, 80km from Umtata. The turn-off is well signposted.

    To get to Cwebe there is a turn-off 40km from Umtata that is sign-boarded Bityi/Elliotdale; here one should follow the signs to Elliotdale. After 19km along the gravel road there is a tarred road; immediately upon reaching the tar, take a right turn back onto gravel and follow the signs to The Haven Hotel. The Haven is another 45km along the same gravel road.

    From Umtata one should follow the N2 towards Idutywa for 40km and from Idutywa follow the N2 towards Umtata for 49km and you will reach Cwebe.

    Dwesa Nature Reserve:

    Telephone: +27 (0)47 499 0073/22 or +27 (0)47 564 1177
    Postal Address: Private Bag X1126, Port Elizabeth, 6000, South Africa

    Cwebe Nature Reserve:

    Telephone: +27 (0)47 576 0006/7
    Fax: +27 (0)47 576 0008
    Postal Address: Private Bag X1126, Port Elizabeth, 6000, South Africa

    Hluleka

    The coast between the towns of Port St Johns and Coffee Bay is renowned for many beautiful lagoons, and one of the loveliest of the Wild Coast’s many parks - the Hluleka Nature Reserve. The beaches are punctuated with extraordinary rocky outcrops shaped into strange formations by the wind. In winter the indigenous forest is ablaze with the scarlet blossoms of the coral tree (Erithryna lysistemon).

    The reserve has accommodation in wooden chalets on stilts overlooking the sea. From the balconies you should be able to see hundreds of dolphins lazily dipping through the surf. There is a small shop.

    Mkambati

    Gwegwe Camp at Mkambati: Right near the Mtentu River / XolobeniGwegwe Camp at Mkambati: Right near the Mtentu River / Xolobeni

    Contact

    Reservations:
    Tel: 043 7019600
    Fax: 043-742 5566

    Reservations Contact Number: 043 7019600

    Reservations Fax: 086 6111623

    E-mail:
    reservations@ecpta.co.za

    or natasha.kleinhans@ecpta.co.za

    Or

    Eastern Cape Tourism Board
    Umtata Booking Office
    Tel: (047) 5315290
    Fax: (047)5315291

    Visitors to the Wild Coast will find the scenic Mkambati Nature Reserve one of the highlights of their trip. Situated close to the KwaZulu-Natal border, the reserve's coastline stretches along 10km of rugged, rocky beaches, offering visitors a glimpse of unspoilt nature. Other scenic features include forested ravines, a swamp forest and splashing waterfalls.

    Attractions

    This 8 000 ha coastal reserve consists mostly of open grassland dissected by perenial streams and flanked by the magnificent forested ravines of the Msikaba and Mtentu rivers. Grasslands cover a large portion of the reserve and support a fascinating and diverse flora. Large numbers of grazing herbivores such as Eland, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Blesbuck and even Gemsbok, have been introduced into the grasslands, although only the first two species are indigenous to the area.

    Among the birds which may be seen in this habitat are Redshouldered Widow, Yellowthroated Longclaw, Common Waxbill and Croaking Cisticola, with Gurney's Sugarbird and Greater Double Collared Sunbird seeking nectar from the flowering strelitzias. Of the many streams running through the reserve, the Mkambati is perhaps the most beautiful with its crystal clear pools and series of spectacular waterfalls. The Horseshoe Falls are most impressive as they drop down over the terrace in a wide arc, the stream then tumbling over another waterfall before dropping several metres into the ocean.

    Breathtaking views of the Msikaba gorge can be obtained by walking through the grassland above the river. At a bend in the gorge, a natural amphitheatre of towering evergreen forest is inhabited by a spectacular variety of birds including Trumpeter Hornbill, Rameron Pigeon and many more.

    Visitors wishing to acquaint themselves with this mysterious river can engage in a 2km canoe trip upstream. Along the way they may be rewarded by sights of the feathery-leaved Mkambati palm, the African fish eagle or the crowned eagle. Birdlife in the reserve is prolific.

    Apart from canoeing and fishing, there is a variety of trails, one of the most popular being the walk along the Mkambati River to the breathtaking Horseshoe Falls which plunge into the sea far below.

    Of historical importance (and tourist interest) are two famous shipwrecks, namely the Sao Bento(1554)- near the mouth of the Msikaba River - and the Grosvenor (1782) lying in Lambasi Bay.

    Services

    - Nature reserve
    - Bird watching
    - Game viewing
    - Self-guided walks
    - Hiking
    - Fishing
    - Swimming
    - Horse riding
    - Canoeing

    How to get there

    The Mkambati Nature Reserve is situated on the coast of north-east Pondoland in the Eastern Cape.

    From Umtata travel along the N2 from Umtata to Brooks Nek (approximately 162km). From Kokstad follow the N2 southwards towards Port Edward for 7 km to Brooks Nek

    Continue for another 7km, then turn left towards Bizana. After about 36km turn right at Magusheni onto the R61 to Flagstaff. A few kilometres before Flagstaff, look out for a signpost to Mkambati. This gravel road will take you past the Holy Cross hospital to the reserve??s entrance gate.

    Accommodation

    Combine the tranquility of a nature reserve with the natural beauty of the Wild Coast beaches. The reserve offers accommodation in cottages, rondavels and 2 lodges.

    The Mkambati Game Lodge has 5 en-suite double rooms, a swimming pool and a magnificent sea view. The balance of the accommodation is more rustic, some on the beach, some 4km inland. The lodge can be contacted at Tel: +27 (0)39 727 3124 or Fax: +27 (0)39 727 3939 for further information.

    Other accomodation centres scattered around the reserve are all self-catering: Gwegwe has several rondavels, each with en-suite and kitchen facilities; Point Cottage is right on the beach, sleeps around 8 persons and is ideal for a large family or a group of friends, and the Lagoon lodge can sleep parties of up to 20 persons. Booking can be made through KevalTravel on Tel: +27 (0)39 306 9000.

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    The Mkhambati Nature Reserve has lots to offer the nature tourist. Its long coastline makes for a wide choice of hikes.The large wilderness area can only be traversed on foot. You can self-drive during the day and night to watch the ample game that are featured in the reserve. Fisherman can enjoy fishing at official estuaries.

    For larger groups, the Gwe Gwe River Lodge (20 persons) and the Main Lodge (10 persons) offers fantastic settings that one cannot help but enjoy, while smaller groups can find accommodation in the Gwe Gwe Rondavels (2 persons), Point Cottage (4 persons) and the cottages near the reception area.

    The reserve is situated on the coast of north-eastern Pondoland, in the Eastern Cape. It lies between Port Edward (30 km to the north east) and Port St Johns (59 km to the south west).

    It is a 7720-ha coastal reserve with open grasslands, dotted with indigenous forest patches and swamp forests, flanked by the magnificent forested ravines of the Msikaba and Mtentu rivers. Grasslands cover a large portion of the reserve and support a fascinating and diverse flora.

    Large numbers of grazing herbivores such as Eland and Red Hartebeest have been introduced into the grasslands.

    Among the birds which may be seen in this habitat are the Redshouldered Window, Yellow throated Longclaw, Common Waxbill, Croaking Cisticola, Orange Throated Long-Claw, Ground Hornbill with Gurneys Sugarbird and the Greater Double Collared Sunbird, seeking nectar from the flowering strelitzias.

    Of the many rivers running through the reserve, the Mkhambathi is perhaps the most beautiful with its crystal clear pools and series of spectacular waterfalls. The Horseshoe Falls are incredibly impressive as they plunge over the terrace in a wide arc. Further down, the river tumbles over the Strandloper and Mkhambathi Falls before dropping several metres into the ocean.

    Visitors to the Eastern Cape will find the scenic Mkhambathi Nature Reserve one of the highlights of their trips.
    Climate

    The climate at Mkhambathi is mild sub-tropical with a relatively high humidity. The warm Agulhas current provides for minimal differences between minimum and maximum daily temperatures.

    Most of the rain falls falling during spring and summer (September to February). On average June is the driest month, and March is the wettest. Strong winds can occur , blowing parallel to the coast. These winds impact significantly on coastal vegetation and on marine recreational activities.

    Silaka

    This small but beautiful coastal reserve lies in a forested valley south of Port St Johns, and stretches from Second Beach to Sugarloaf Rock.

    Trails lead through the evergreen forest and provide the opportunity to view elusive birds such as Knysna Loerie, Cinnamon Dove and Grey Cuckooshrike. The Gxwaleni River flows through the forest and you should look out for Halfcollared Kingfisher and Longtailed Wagtail at fast flowing stretches. Giant forest trees are clad in mosses, lichens and epiphytic orchids, while lilies bloom on the forest floor. Blue Duiker and Bushbuck are indigenous to the forest but are secretive and seldom seen.

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