This lush little coastal reserve is 20 km south of Margate on the lower south coast. At present Mpenjati caters essentially for the day visitor. The 60 hectare reserve comprises a system of interlinking wetlands, grasslands and dune forests. The most popular activities are birding, fishing, swimming, and hiking. Two picnic sites on each bank of the Mpenjati River have barbecue facilities, ablution blocks, and a chidren’s playground.
The Ipithi trail on the south bank is 1,2 km long and offers visitors the opportunity of sighting blue, red and grey duiker and bushbuck. The Yengele trail on the north bank is 1,8 km long and is routed through one of the largest dune forests on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The forest is home to forest antelope and a host of bird species, as well as a breeding pair of Fish Eagle. Observation platforms on both trails provide breathtaking views of the lagoon, wetland system and the coast. The lagoon is ideal for canoeing, windsufing, fishing and swimming.
Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer ( October to March ) 06h00 to 18h00
Winter (April to September ) 07h00 to 17h00
Entry fees are collected by a roving field ranger.
Distance and Time from Gate to Camp: 5 minutes
Reserve Telephone Number: (039) 3130531
Reserve Fax: (039) 3130447
Check Out Time: 10h00
Check In Time: 14h00
The nearest town which has a full range of services is Port Edward which is 12 kms away.
How to get there:
Follow the main south coast road towards Port Edward continue past Margate for 20 kms and the reserve can be seen from the main road.
Pets are not permitted into the reserve.
“No entry fees will be charged for visits by KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Primary and Secondary School groups, from KZN Schools to KZN Protected Areas and St Lucia Crocodile Centre provided that such visits:
1. are authorised by the Head of the school
2. are booked in advance with the Officer in Charge of the Protected Area or Crocodile Centre
3. do not take place over weekends, during KZN Provincial school holidays or Public Holidays”.