Umlalazi Nature Reserve is a beautiful coastal resort conveniently nestled in the dunes and thick coastal forest just 1 km from Mtunzini on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Umlalazi was established as a protected area in 1948 and is 1028 hectares in extent.
Umlalazi Nature Reserve offers several forms of relaxation. Birding, fishing, trail walking and water sports. Water-skiing, boating and canoeing can be enjoyed on the Mlalazi River. Surf and lagoon fishing is excellent. Vast stretches of beaches are outstanding for swimming, surfing, windsurfing and angling as well as for long beach walks.

Umlalazi Nature Reserve
has the rare distinction of offering two unique and unusual attractions: regular sightings of the rare Palm-nut Vulture, and the fascinating raffia palm monument. The raffia palm is the largest palm in the world.
A series of trails leads through the reserve and actually links up to the Raffia Palm Monument, which is situated just outside the Reserve. There are three self-guided trails through mangrove swamps, dune forests and along the edge of the river.
Along the beach you will find gulls and sandpipers and sometimes even Palm-nut Vultures looking for crabs or fish that might have been washed up. The Mlalazi River estuary is around 3km from the Northern beach access point and is a nice leisurely stroll along the beach or can be reached by boat.
There are twelve fully-equipped self-catering log cabins in the Umlalazi Resort. Each cabin has a combined lounge /dining room, two bedrooms, kitchenette and bathroom with shower or bath. All cabins now have DSTV and are serviced daily. The resort has a sparkling swimming pool. Camping and barbeque facilities are also available.
Accommodation: Umlalazi Camp
12 x 2-bed log cabins