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732nicholasc
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Beautiful BUT
Jan 2019 • Family
We were looking for a place to kayak with out children. This place is about an hour north of Ballito. It has incredible potential but is completely derelict. The picnic spots were not maintained. The roads are not cleared of foliage. It’s a nature reserve yet cattle are grazing in the place. Clearly no funding and no interest from government. It is none the less a beautiful spot. We avoided kayaking as we did not feel safe to leave the car. With proper management and funding it could be amazing.
Written 2 January 2019
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Neil M
Durban, South Africa33 contributions
Such a pity!
Jun 2017 • Family
We went scouting here to see if we should stay over on our next trip. We found the place completely run-down, everything was overgrown, rotten and dilapidated - very unsafe. No-one in sight. The roads were shocking (even going to the river, 4x4 needed) and the toilets didn't have any water or TP. It's so beautiful there - WHY KZN WILDLIFE???!!!!! Damn shame!
Written 15 June 2017
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elrine1
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa28 contributions
Heartbreaking
Nov 2016 • Family
From great reviews in September 2014 to terrible reviews in January 2015... just four months...😩

The Reserve is beautiful and game very relaxed. The 4X4 track is a great way to explore the majority of the reserve, if you are not keen on hiking.

The camp sites, safari tented camp and picnic site close to the lagoon are extremely run down. Would not recommend staying over at all. Such a pity as there is so much potential and views are amazing
Written 23 November 2016
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James F
Johannesburg, South Africa29 contributions
Fun canoe adventure
Sep 2016 • Friends
We picked this nature reserve to paddle canoes on the adjoining river. It's located roughly an hour north of Durban, taking the 269 Offramp from the N2 (Google maps got us lost). The entrance is a kilometer down a dirt road just off the east side of the offramp. Turning west goes to Nyonii.

The park is very lush and secluded. The facilities seemed fairly okay, but expect to be roughing it if you are going to camp.

We only went for the day, paying to use the local canoes and paddle up the river. There are several hiking trails, but we didn't walk any. I wouldn't mind returning to try them.

The river ride was good fun. We didn't have a guide and went up river past the bridge for a bit before turning around, a total distance of 14 kilometers. You can also paddle along a long channel that runs alongside the ocean. We saw some birds make diving catches in the water, as well as a fish eagle. The plant life is stunning, as are several cliffs along the riverbed.

Each boat takes two people and there were at least three boats. Each person got a life jacket, but the equipment is quite tatty. It's part of a community programme and somewhat threadbare. Nonetheless, the canoes floated and presented no problems. Don't expect top notch equipment, but for the price of a large burger meal you get to paddle up some great natural scenery. Probably not suited for young kids.

Bring your own hats, refreshments, etc. nothing is readily available in the area.

Highly recommended.
Written 10 October 2016
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9wendy
westbrook, Kwazulu Natal48 contributions
Family getaway
Jan 2015
What a disappointment! The whole place needs to be demolished. The wooden walk ways are so rotten and uneven, it's no wonder we all didn't get hurt. The communal kitchen cupboards are so rotten. The shelves are just pieces of rotten wood and the doors are falling off. The tap was leaking in the sink the whole time we were there. Obed, the manager, told me someone would come and see to it on Saturday, but by the time we left on Sunday, no one had been. The one tent we had was held up with wire. The lady that "cleans"said she only does the beds etc if asked. On the website it says the place is serviced. Obed confirmed that and said he would speak to her. I do beds everyday at home so thought it would be nice to have a break. I had to wash all the crockery, cutlery and pots before using them. Will be such a lovely place if it was looked after.
Written 29 January 2015
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HErBocaChica
Panama262 contributions
" Far (yet near) from the Madding Crowd ! "
Sep 2014 • Couples
It is a Great quick 1 hour escape from Durban in the South or Richards Bay in the North ! You step into nature and are able to easily be in the densest of Forests, in a Coastal Savannah or a typical African Bushveld. You can paddle by canoe to the unspoilt beaches and either fish in the River or in the Surf, There are hiking trails and a fabulous 4x4 track to do a game drive and view Giraffe, Zebra, Antelope and a wide species of Birds. There is an option of 5 B.Y.O. tent camping sites and 6 Tents with 2 comfortable beds. The rates are so affordable and the abultion, cooking and cold storage facilities are fabulous. The staff is friendly and honest. Do yourself a favour and try it out - you'll recharge your batteries in no time ! We'll be back soon !
Written 18 September 2014
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Erika M
Boca Chica, Panama91 contributions
Perfect Escape
Spent 3 days in the reserve and stayed in a Safari tent. Enjoyed the beautiful scenery, wildlife, spring flora and unspoilt beach. So much to do if you are active, like hikes, canoeing, fishing or game viewing.
Written 18 September 2014
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Christian V
Cape Town Central, South Africa11 contributions
Excellent Views and Escape into Nature
Jan 2014 • Friends
If you want to get away and spend some family friendly time in nature within 60mins drive from Durban this is definitely the place to visit. The camps are adequately furnished and the kitchen facilities provide all the basics that you need. The showers/toilets area is manageable, doesn’t look great and the creepy crawlies are happy to also find accommodation here. The views are breathtaking on the hiking trails are friendly to all levels of fitness.
Written 20 January 2014
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David C
Durban, South Africa15 contributions
Day visit to peaceful, beautiful Nature Reserve
Dec 2013 • Family
Just returned from a terriffic, but quiet visit, The reserve is only 1 hour North of Durban, just off main North Coast highway, (itself a beautiful drive through lush green countryside). Easily accessible with ordinary cars and there is a separate "track" for JEEP type vehicles. No big animals, but zebra and giraffe near picnic site, also small buck (antelope?) Very calm lake and lagoon for sighting water-birds. Two fish-eagles missed their lunch....also other eagles and many smaller species. Best sightings are water-birds on sides of the lagoon. Canoes available for easy flat water paddle.Look for the Giant Egrets....large white birds catching small fish in the reeds. Don't paddle too close
We met a VERY HELPFUL and knowledgeable bird advisor named Junior, employed by the Parks Board.
Shaded and private picnic spots with river views, but public loos need maintenance.
We could not visit the whale view site as we did not have a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
Written 26 December 2013
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Harold S
Meerensee, South Africa67 contributions
Great weekend getaway
Oct 2012 • Couples
What a surprise! Amatikulu Nature Reserve was truly an awesome weekend getaway. The camp consist of 6 safari tents, two beds per tent (bedding is old and very fluffy… take your own), built on platforms connected by a raised walkway.

The camp itself is in fair condition. Kitchen (communal) can get a bit crowded during breakfast and dinner, however, the kitchen is fully equipped.

Like most KZN Nature Reserves, the nature scenes are truly spectacular. You can hire a canoe for R80 per day and cruise to the Amatigulu River Mouth and visit the beach or you can take one of many day hiking routes in the reserve.

The highlight of our weekend, however, was cycling the 4 x 4 route that basically takes you through the entire reserve. Cycling between giraffe and zebra was a very special experience. I would strongly recommend taking MTB and doing this trip.
Written 12 November 2012
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