About the Lodge
Situated in a picturesque valley in the KwaZulu, Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve offers comfortable accommodation in the midst of the spectacular scenery of the Umzimkulwana River surrounds. Aside from magnificent views that make the reserve a photographer’s paradise, Oribi has a wealth of wildlife attractions and is a rewarding experience for nature lovers and hikers.
Accommodation features of two-bed, en-suite chalets, which are fully equipped with a refrigerator, kettle, toaster, bedding, cutlery and crockery. For large groups or families, there is also a seven-bed self-catering chalet with three bedrooms, bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette, lounge/dining room and barbecue facilities. There is also a "barbecue boma" or communal kitchen and the communal lounge features satellite television for guests. The camp also features a reservoir swimming pool with its own sundeck for camp residents.
Only 21kms from the local beaches, visitors staying at Oribi Gorge often make daytrips to the beaches, enjoy a meal or a movie at the Shelly Centre or visit any other attraction in the area. Oribi gorge Camp is open on a 24 hour basis so visitors returning from these activities have no time constraints.
Walking trails, along with day and overnight hiking trails, offer guests an opportunity to follow the Umzimkulwana river and traverse forests, sandstone cliffs and view the grasslands from the top of the gorge. Picnicking, fishing and swimming can also be enjoyed in these pristine areas. There is ample game viewing, with a variety of small mammals and birds to be seen.
• Rates include accommodation, community levy, emergency rescue levy and 14% VAT and exclude meals and optional extras.
• The nearest town which has a full range of services is Port Shepstone which is 21 km away.
• Pets are not permitted into the reserve.
Wildlife to be seen in the reserve includes mammal species such as bushbuck, common reedbuck, oribi and blue and grey duiker. Leopard occur in the area and with luck, you may join the select band of game viewers to have seen one of these secretive creatures.
Birdwatchers will appreciate the abundance of feathered activity of over 250 recorded species of birds including Cape Vulture, Crowned Eagle, African Finfoot, Ground Hornbill, Knysna Woodpecker, and African Broadbill.
Take the Kokstad road from Port Shepstone and travel for 21 km. The road to the reserve is signposted to the right.