Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is a wonderfully scenic area offering excellent hiking opportunities

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is a wonderfully scenic area offering excellent hiking opportunities. Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve lies 21 kilometres inland of Port Shepstone.

The Oribi Gorge area boasts cliffs and forests and spectacular hiking trails and idyllic picnic sites. It is dramatic in its scale and spectacularly beautiful in its variety. Wildlife in the Oribi Gorge consists of many antelope, although the graceful oribi (after which the gorge is named) is rarely seen.

A photographer's paradise, Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve encompasses forests, rivers, rapids and ravines. Whatís more, itís only 25 kilometres inland from the coastal holiday hotspot of Port Shepstone, which is home to awesome surfing and swimming beaches and is known for its consistent sunshine.

High sandstone cliffs dominate this 24 kilometre-long gorge, which has been meticulously carved out by the Umzimkulwana River. Leopards, troops of baboons, various small antelope and a prolific birdlife inhabit the reserve. In fact, more than 250 different bird species have been identified here, including five species of kingfisher and seven species of eagle.

There are several nature trails for the adventurous and a host of other exciting things to do. These trails are the Hoopoe Falls hike (four hours, seven kilometres), Nkonka hike (two hours, five kilometres), and Mziki hike (five hours, nine kilometres). For a full list of activities in and around the gorge, see Things to Do in Oribi Gorge. These include paintball wars, birding, hiking, ziplining, abseiling, white water rafting, and testing your adrenalin limits on the Wild Swing

The reserve is open daily (Monday to Sunday, including public holidays). Day visitors are charged an affordable entrance fee.

Although you can visit the reserve as a day visitor, we recommend an overnight stay to get the most out of your Oribi Gorge experience. SA-Venues.com proudly features accommodation options within the reserve to suit all travel needs and budgets.

Our Oribi Gorge Accommodation search is easy to use and you make your accommodation bookings directly with the venues. Lodges in the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve include self-catering options as well as a fully-catered luxury lodge for those in need of a spoil. Special offers are highlighted, and reviews will help you to choose a venue that suits your unique requirements.

Popular Activities in Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Oribi Gorge Abseiling


If you are a beginner you can work with a qualified trainer who will show you everything you need to know and take you down step by step. Here you will be abseiling down a 110 meter cliff next to the Lehrís waterfall and have the opportunity to...

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The Wild Slide


Zip Line across the top of the gorge from the Lehrís Waterfall strapped into your full body harness in total comfort while admiring the spectacular views. Get a birds eye perspective of the falls and see if you can spot the Baboonís Castle along...

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Birding in Oribi Gorge Reserve


Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is one of the hottest birding spots in KwaZulu Natal and is a must visit for any bird or nature enthusiast. The area is beautiful offering breathtaking views and the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife. The reserve...

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Contact the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve on Telephone: +27 (0)33 845-1000.

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