Umlalazi Nature Reserve – Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

Umlalazi Nature Reserve – Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

This beautiful coastal reserve is conveniently nestled in the dunes and thick coastal forest was established as a protected area in 1948 and is 1 028 hectares in extent. Umlalazi Nature Reserve has the rare distinction of offering two unique and unusual attractions: it is home to the Palmnut Vulture, which is one of the rarest birds of prey in South Africa and also home to the fascinating Raffia Palm Monument. The Raphia Palm is the largest palm in the world. The estuary provides an ideal nursery ground for juvenile fish and you can often see shoals of young mullet swimming on the surface.

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

Recreational facilities include trampolines, a swimming pool, 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 bush pig, 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.

Umlalazi is superb wildflowers and for birding, with a great variety of bird life to be seen.

Visitors may also come across colonies of fiddler crabs and fascinating mud-skippers.

What To Do On Arrival

All visitors who have reserved accommodation are requested to check in at the reception office by 16:00 on the day of arrival.

Late arrivals can complete the register at the entrance gate and check in at the reception office the following morning.


Food supplies, beach equipment, medical facilities and supplies are available in Mtunzini village.

Curios, souvenirs, charcoal, bait (sardines, shrimp and squid) may be purchased from the reception office during reception office hours.

Canoes for use on the river are available for hire from the reception office.

Fuel and oil can be obtained at the garage near the Mtunzini turn-off.

A washing machine and tumble drier are available.

No pets are allowed in the reserve.

Portable generators are not allowed.

Visitors are advised to take precautions against malaria before, during and after a visit to the area.

The entrance gates to the reserve open at 05:00 and close at 22:00 throughout the year.

How To Get There

Follow the N2 freeway to the Mtunzini turn-off, which is situated 132 km north of Durban.

The reserve is signposted at this junction and access to the reserve, approximately 4 km further on, is through Mtunzini village.

GPS - 28°57'24.74``S 31°46'19``E


Reception including the curio shop is open from 08:00 – 16:00 daily.


Summer: 05:00 – 22:00

Winter: 05:00 – 22:00


Telephone number: 035 340 1836 / 9

Fax number: 035 340 1607

Our curio shop is stocked with curios, books, cards, beers, wines, cool drinks, wood, charcoal and bait and is open every day between 08:00 – 16:00.

Check Out - We request you to check out by 10:00 on the day of your departure to afford us sufficient time to prepare chalets for our next guests.

Please keep your checkout receipt safe as it will be requested from you when signing out at the main gate

Should you require checking out earlier than 07:00 please make arrangements a day before.

Please be advised that should you not vacate your unit by 10:00 you will be charged the additional full daily rate.

Housekeeping - Your chalets are serviced daily between 07:30 and 14:00. Should you require your towels to be changed please leave them on the floor.

Laundry Services -Coin operated washing machines, tumble dryers and hand wash facilities are available at the rondavel complex. Only automatic washing powder can be used. No attendant is available to operate the machine. Change can be requested at the office. A coin operated washing machine and tumbler drier is available at Inkwazi camp.

Bathroom Retractable Drying Line - For your convenience each chalet has been equipped with a retractable drying line, where light items of laundry may be hung. Please do not hang any washing on the verandah.

Chalet Keys - All chalets are equipped with locks and keys which are obtained upon check-in. Please ensure that your chalet key is left at reception when checking out.

Canoes for use in the lagoon are available for hire. Please enquire at the reception office.

The swimming pool is located at the northern end of the resort and is available for the use of residents only.

There are no towels provided at the swimming pool therefore guests are requested to bring towels their own towels. No diving is allowed at this pool and children are not allowed to swim unsupervised.

Each self-catering chalet is equipped with a braai stand.

Fuel is available at Mtunzini garage about 2km from Umlalazi Resort.

We request that you report any breakages to reception.

For your convenience a public telephone is situated outside the reception area. Phone cards are available at the curio shop.

All lost and found items are sent to our housekeeping department for safekeeping. Items will only be kept for a period of three months, after which they will be disposed of.

Should you find that something in your room does not work, please inform the reception office for their immediate attention.

Additional blankets are stored in the wardrobes.

Should you require extras please contact housekeeping through reception.

Please do not use the towel for wiping the floor or as a beach towel.

Ice is available for purchase at the curio shop.

Electricity - Although our chalets are supplied with Eskom electricity, Please do not use double adaptors in the plug points.

Should you have concerns of any nature, we would like to be given an opportunity to address these at the earliest convenience, so please speak to the Hospitality Manager at reception.

Monkeys - Feeding monkeys is strictly forbidden. Do not leave food unattended. Please keep all the windows and doors to your chalet closed thereby avoiding temptation for the monkeys. Displaying of fruit and food will tempt them to enter your chalet.

Ants - We request your assistance in keeping areas clean at all the times by ensuring that there is no food over-spill, particularly oil and sugar, as these are an attraction to ants.

TV - Each chalet has been equipped with DSTV with hotel bouquets only. Please see enclosed TV instructions.

Our tap water is safe to drink and a filled water bottle is in your refrigerator.

Kitchen Stove - Please do not use the oven and the large plate of the stove at the same time.

Casual labour for chores may be organized at the office. Their wages will be paid directly by your selves.

Beach Ablution Facilities

User-pay beach ablutions because or our community out reach policy, we create business opportunities whenever possible and one such opportunity is the service of the beach ablutions.

Members of the community, who will be rendering such services will be charging R2,00 per person.

How We Would To Be Paid

Any outstanding amounts which are incurred during your stay are payable on departure.

We honour most credit cards and accept cash.

Contact Us

Umlalazi Nature Reserve

Hulley Avenue



South Africa


On request

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