Welcome to Oribi Gorge

One of KwaZulu-Natal's most spectacular natural settings, the scenic Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve lies some 25 km inland from Port Shepstone. The Reserve lies snugly at the head of a magnificent river gorge lined with dense coastal bush and forests. The reserve was proclaimed in 1 April 1950 and is 1 917 ha in extent. Carved out of ancient sandstone over millions over years, the resort commands an impressive view of the Gorge. The breath-taking scenery along the Umzimkulwana River Gorge makes this a photographer’s and nature lover’s paradise. Oribi Gorge has a wealth of smaller wildlife species and visitors have occasionally seen leopards. Oribi Gorge is a wonderful birding destination with more than 250 species recorded.

Oribi Gorge Accommodation

  • 2 bed rest hut (self-catering)

    Open plan bedroom with a bathroom. There is a communal kitchen.

  • 6 bed chalet (self-catering)

    A six-bed fully-equipped self-catering chalet is also available.

  • Campsites

    There are 5 campsites with plugpoints. Each site accommodate six people and are suitable for tents or caravans. The ablution blocks have hot and cold water and a communal wash area.


  • Kitchenette
  • Ironing board
  • Catering services
  • DSTV (limited)
  • Hotspots
  • Exhibition/convention floor
  • Restaurant
  • Room service - full menu
  • Courtyard
  • Lounges/bars
  • firewood
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Valet cleaning
  • Car hire


Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.


Private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 28.80 per day.

Activities in Oribi Gorge

  • There are numerous idyllic picnic spots on the banks of the river. Visitors are, however, advised not to swim or paddle in the river because of the risk of contracting bilharzia.

  • Many delightful walks and self-guided trails to the scenic spots in the reserve have been laid out.

  • Details of these walks may be obtained from the reception office. Wildlife to be seen in the reserve includes species such as oribi, bushbuck, and common reedbuck, blue and grey duiker. Leopard occurs in the area.

  • The abundant birdlife in the reserve makes bird-watching a rewarding experience.

  • Private operators conduct a variety of activities in the area, the Gorge swing being most popular with thrill seekers.

  • Self-guided trails descend into the gorge or follow the edge of the cliffs providing beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

  • Oribi Gorge Useful Information

  • The access gate to the resort is open 24 hours a day, summer and winter.

  • Petrol and oil are available from the garage at Paddock, approximately 4 km from the resort No pets are permitted in the reserve.

  • Guests are advised to bring drinking water, as the water supplied is from a borehole and although drinkable does have an unpleasant taste.

  • Visitors are advised to bring a pair of binoculars, a first aid box, insect repellent, a hat, sun-tan lotion and a torch.

  • There is a local country produce shop in the town of Paddock with a variety of fresh produce and dairy products available. General supplies can also be obtained from Port Shepstone.

  • Visitors should always inform the Hospitality Manager of their proposed route when going on long walks.

  • There are no plug points for electric razors.

  • Credit cards are accepted.

  • Charcoal, firewood and cold drinks, are available in the resort curio shop.

  • Oribi Gorge Contacts

    Oribi Gorge : +27 (0) 72 042 9390
    Central Reservations: +27 (0) 33 845 1000
    Book online: https://bookings.kznwildlife.com/MakeABooking.aspx
    E-mail: bookings@kznwildlife.com

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