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One of KwaZulu-Natal's most spectacular natural settings, the scenic Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve lies some 21 km inland from Port Shepstone. Ideal for a weekend getaway or day-excursion, Oribi offers many delightful walks and self-guided trails to scenic spots in the reserve.
The scenery along the gorge formed by the Umzimkulwana River is a photographer's and nature lover's paradise. There are numerous idyllic picnic spots on the banks of the river. Be advised, though and do not swim or paddle in the river because of the risk of contracting bilharzia. There is a reservoir swimming pool, with a sundeck, in the camp for residents.
Besides its magnificent views, Oribi has a wealth of other attractions as well. Wildlife to be seen in the reserve includes mammal species such as bushbuck, common reedbuck 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. The bird list numbers 250 and with its diverse habitats bird watching in Oribi is a rewarding experience.
The camp is situated at the head of the Umzimkulwana Gorge and commands an impressive view of Oribi Gorge. The camp has electricity and consists of six two-bed huts each with an en-suite shower and toilet. Each hut is equipped with a refrigerator, kettle and toaster. Bedding, cutlery and crockery are provided, but visitors must bring their own food and beverage.
A seven-bed, fully equiped self-catering chalet is also available as well as an 8 Bed Rustic cottage, it is an old farm house. This is ideal for larger groups. This is fully equiped with cutlery, crockery and linen. Barbecue facilities are available next to each hut. There is also a "barbecue boma" in the main camp if you're with a group.
Rates Include: Accommodation, community levy, emergency rescue levy and 14% VAT.Rates Exclude:Optional excursions
Gate Times: Gate opens 24 hours
Office Hours: The office is open from 08h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 16h30
Check Out time: 10h00 Check In Time: 14h00
Shop: Charcoal, firewood and cold drinks are available in the curio shop. Petrol and basic food supplies are available in the town of Paddock, 4 km away from Oribi Gorge. The nearest town which has a full range of services is Port Shepstone which is 21 kms away. Guests are advised to bring a pair of binoculars, a first aid box, insect repellent, a hat, sun-tan and a torch with them on their visit
Pets are not permitted into the reserve.
Visitors should inform the Hospitality Manager of their proposed route when going on long walks.Facilities for people with disabilities: None