Umlalazi Nature Reserve Siyaya Coastal Park, Mtunzini


    Umlalazi Nature Reserve Siyaya Coastal Park, Mtunzini


Umlalazi Nature Reserve Siyaya Coastal Park

Umlalazi Nature Reserve Siyaya Coastal Park Mtunzini


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This lovely coastal reserve is conveniently situated one km from Mtunzini on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Umlalazi was established as a protected area in 1948 and is 1028 hectares in extent. Home of the palmnut vulture, which is one of the rarest birds of prey in South Africa, Umlalazi offers several forms of relaxation.

Limited water-skiing and good fishing are enjoyed in the lagoon, but crocodiles and sharks may be present at times. The beach is popular for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, angling and other water sports. Recreational facilities include trampolines, a tennis wall, swings and other playground equipment. Three trails have been laid out in the reserve. There is an easy walk through one of the best examples of mangrove swamps in South Africa, where several species of mangrove can be found. A second walk leads through the dune forest where bushpig, bushbuck and red, grey and blue duiker may occasionally be seen.

A third trail leads through dune forest and mangrove swamp along the edge of the river. Wildflowers and a great variety of bird life can be seen. Visitors may also come across colonies of fiddler crabs and fascinating mud-skippers.



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Umlalazi Nature Reserve has the rare distinction of offering two unique and unusual attractions: regular sightings of the rare palm-nut vulture, and the fascinating raffia palm monument. The raffia palm is the largest palm in the world. This beautiful coastal resort is conveniently nestled in the dunes and thick coastal forest on the outskirts of Mtunzini.

Water-skiing, boating and canoeing can be enjoyed on the Umlalazi River and the surf and lagoon fishing is excellent. Vast stretches of uncrowded beaches are outstanding for swimming, surfing, windsurfing and angling as well as for long beach walks.

Umlalazi is superb for birding and there are three self-guided trails through mangrove swamps, dune forests and along the edge of the river.
Umlalazi camp features thirteen five-bed log cabins set into the lush coastal dune forest. Each log cabin consists of two bedrooms, a combined lounge/dining room, a fully equipped kitchenette, a bathroom with shower or bath, verandas and barbecue facilities. All 13 units are equiped with DSTV.

The camp has a sparkling swimming pool for the enjoyment of guests. By arrangement guests can enjoy a sumptuous beach braai in the evening combined with a barge cruise on the river. Camping facilities are also available.

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Umlalazi Nature Reserve has the rare distinction of offering two unique and unusual attractions: regular sightings of the rare palm-nut vulture, and the fascinating raffia palm- the largest palm in the world. Water-skiing, boating and canoeing can be enjoyed on the Umlalazi River and the surf and lagoon fishing is excellent.

Vast stretches of uncrowded beaches are outstanding for swimming, surfing, windsurfing and angling as well as for long beach walks. Umlalazi is superb for birding and there are three self-guided trails through mangrove swamps, dune forests and along the edge of the river. There are two campsites, Inkwazi with 36 sites and Indaba with 14 sites, set in open areas with shady trees only a short walk from the beach.

The large spacious sites take caravans or tents and have shared cold water taps, communal plug points and barbecue facilities with firewood and charcoal for sale. The ablutions have hot and cold running water, toilets, showers, baths, dishwashing facilities and coin operated laundry machines. Inkwazi also has playground equipment.



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