Overlooking the Indian Ocean, on KwaZulu-Natal's lush subtropical coast, Umlalazi Nature Reserve is cradled by cool dune forests and sun-drenched beaches. Just one kilometer from the quaint little holiday village of Mtunzini, this beautiful coastal resort offers a wide variety of fun-filled leisure activities and wildlife, in pristine natural surroundings. Tranquil forest trails and walks along the sandy dunes, picnics on the banks of the Mlazi River and an abundance of outdoor adventure make this a wonderful vacationing spot for the whole family.
Four-bed log cabins are nestled in the shady dune forest, and consists of two bedrooms, a combined lounge/dining room, a fully equipped kitchenette, a bathroom with shower or bath, verandas, barbecue facilities and with DSTV.
Aquatic activities such as swimming, surfing, windsurfing, angling and other water sports are popular on the beach, and water-skiing and good fishing are enjoyed in the lagoon. The camp has a number of recreational facilities for families include a swimming pool, trampolines, tennis, swings and other playground equipment.
Hikers and nature lovers will relish the long walks on the beach as well as the three trails through the reserve which show off the mangrove swamps, dune forest and riverbank ecologies. In the evenings, guests can enjoy a beach braai before taking a relaxing barge cruise on the river.
Mtunzini is home to the famous Raffia Palm grove, proclaimed a National Monument in 1942, which is the habitat of the rare Palm Nut Vulture as well as colonies of Egyptian Fruit Bats and Vervet Monkeys. Several species of mangrove can be found in the mangrove swamp and the wildflowers along the banks of the Mlazi River attract a kaleidoscope of butterflies during the annual migration in winter. Other animals to be spotted along the river are Fish Eagles and Kingfishers, and the dune forests harbour Red Duikers, Bushbucks and Bush Pigs.
• Rates include accommodation, community levy, emergency rescue levy and 14% VAT and exclude meals and optional extras.
• Please note that in terms of recent legislation all persons operating crafts in these inland waters must be in possession of an appropriate & valid skipper’s ticket.
• The nearest town with a full range of amenities is Mtunzini, which is 1 km away.
4 bed log cabins with combined lounge and dining room areas. The cabins have kitchenettes and bathrooms with showers or baths. Cots and high-chairs are available for children. The cabins have verandas and barbecue facilities and are serviced daily.
"I had not been to Umlalzi for sixteen years. It is just the same. Still beautiful. A great place to stay. The cabin could have done with a bit of a scrub - but it was well fitted and beautiful surroundings. The park need to keep an eye on the parking area by the lagoon - was very loud on one afternoon."
- Penelope Foley
"We really enjoyed our trip there...Umlalazi was like a hidden gem. Accommodation was really great...very clean and everything is in the chalet that is needed and more. Very unusual we thought. Water nice and warm, bedding very comfortable. We really can recommend and have already recommended the chalets to a few people. Would love to go back there soon if the kids are a bit older...They were scared of the picture of the monkey in the kitchen as well as the crabs - hahaha ! part of growing up We'll be back!"
"Not value for money."
"We really enjoyed our stay. The Chalets were clean and well equipped. Beautiful beaches. It would have been helpful if the arrival times were put on the web site or booking confirmation. We arrived at 12.30 and were told that we couldn't have keys until 2pm. This would have been a good thing to know prior to arrival, otherwise all was good."
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