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  • 14 July 2024 15:40 local time


Nestled in a serene and picturesque setting near the iVungu River, River Valley Nature Reserve offers an idyllic escape for nature lovers. This reserve features two identical cottages and a cozy campsite, providing a perfect blend of comfort and natural beauty.

Comfortable and Spacious Cottages
Each cottage at River Valley Nature Reserve boasts two spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, offering both a shower and a bath. The open-plan design seamlessly integrates the lounge, dining room, and kitchen, creating a welcoming space for relaxation and socializing. The lounge and bedrooms open onto a large verandah that overlooks the lush riverine forest, providing a stunning backdrop for your stay. For your convenience, the bedrooms and lounge are equipped with fans, and the kitchens are fully outfitted with a fridge/freezer, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, pots and pans, and all necessary crockery and cutlery.

Cozy Campsite by the River
The campsite at River Valley Nature Reserve is situated in a shady area along the banks of the iVungu River. With only five campsites available, each equipped with a plug point and braai, guests can enjoy a peaceful and intimate camping experience. The campsite also features separate ablution facilities for ladies and gents, complete with toilets and hot water showers, as well as a washing-up area. For group gatherings, a hall with a small kitchen is available for hire, catering exclusively to small groups.

A Natural Haven Along the iVungu River
The River Valley Nature Reserve is set along a picturesque stretch of the iVungu River, which winds through a valley of hills before reaching the Indian Ocean at the renowned Uvongo Beach. Here, visitors can witness the impressive iVungu Falls, named after the Zulu word for the falls' resonant roar. This reserve is a pristine reminder of the once untouched natural coastline, featuring diverse ecosystems of grassland, riverine, and coastal forests.

Walking and Picnicking Adventures
Explore the natural beauty of the reserve on a scenic, well-marked, self-guided walk that winds through grasslands and riverine forests. The trail offers several viewpoints where you can spot antelope such as Impala, Nyala, Grey, and Blue Duiker. For those who prefer a more leisurely experience, the reserve offers numerous scenic spots perfect for picnicking and soaking in the tranquil surroundings.

Birdwatching Paradise
River Valley Nature Reserve is a haven for birdwatchers, with well-marked trails through riverine forests, coastal grasslands, and thickets. Enthusiasts can look for over 130 different bird species, including specials like the African Crowned Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Black Sparrowhawk, African Harrier Hawk, Narina Trogon, African Finfoot, Purple and Knysna Turaco, Green Malkoha, Spotted Ground Thrush, and Blue-Mantled Crested Flycatcher. The reserve's dams also attract a variety of water birds, adding to the rich birdwatching experience.

Freshwater Fishing
For those who enjoy fishing, the reserve offers freshwater fishing opportunities for Bass and Tilapia in one of its dams. The reserve practices a catch and release policy, ensuring the sustainability of its fish population.

Plan Your Visit
River Valley Nature Reserve offers a perfect retreat for those seeking to reconnect with nature. Whether you choose to stay in the comfortable cottages or the charming campsite, you are guaranteed a peaceful and rejuvenating experience. Embrace the natural beauty, explore diverse ecosystems, and enjoy the numerous outdoor activities available at this enchanting reserve.

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