Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, Umhlanga

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Umhlanga lagoon is a 26 hectares (64 acres) nature reserve on the shore of the Indian Ocean at Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa. The reserve encloses the Ohlanga River's lagoon and mouth. The forest forms a natural extension of the less accessible Hawaan Forest, of which the greater part lies inland of the busy M4 road. The reserve trails start at a car park at the northern end of Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga.

The reserve has picnic sites, the remains of a prehistoric shell midden and walking trails, with a walkway and pedestrian bridge that span the lagoon.

At the mouth of the Ohlanga lagoon there is a popular but unofficial nudist beach. Increased use of the area by non-nudist walkers and families resulted in complaints about nudism and antisocial behaviour. The area was at one time a ‘no-go’ area, due to a serious crime problem.
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  • Such a surprise! Beautiful upkept walk-way throughout the nature reserve. Clean grounds all over. Friendly park assistent checking vitals and takeing necessary Covid19 precautions and safety...  more »
  • I really enjoyed visiting here. It’s not an all day outing, unless you take a picnic for the beach. I saw duikers, vervet monkeys and a variety of birds. I wish I had gone on one of the guided walks.....  more »
  • One of KZN's best kept secrets, this part of Umhlanga is absolutely breathtaking. I was impressed at how well maintained and safe the area is with guards at the entrance, Take a sun hat, water and....  more »
  • Lovely place to spend a few hours wondering through coastal vegetation. Well kept with good security. Nice variety of bird species to be seen. Due to it's location and by the very nature that it is a lagoon it is extremely humid with little relief even in the shade. Perhaps a few more benches for those who struggle might be an idea? But otherwise well done on a well kept piece of nature. Keep up the great preservation job! ❤💚
  • We went for a trail walk today and it was really lovely. Very well looked after.... I was just so bummed as the walk was so short.. I was enjoying the walk so much and then it came to an end. Lovely though x
  • Very good for a quick hike. Would like tree names as well as boards with names of birds etc. Dirt, such as empty bottles etc, around the lagoon can be cleaned up.. Security is good.. Thank you.
  • Beautiful untouched piece of land, wonderfully tranquil walking trails and an abundance of wildlife is bustling in this habitat, there are hundreds of little baby fish in the streams that lead into the wetlands, I was quite impressed. I was only a little concerned with the second bridge at the end of the trail, at high tide it can be a little daunting because there are no rails and it's a bit wobbly, I wouldn't suggest taking little kids or elderly people over, if they fall in it can be a little scary as I assume when it's full it gets pretty deep. So use with caution as some of the trail has steep drops because it gets pretty high up at points. But definitely worth a walk through!
  • Nice little reserve in the heart of Umhlanga. Excellent for a quick walk or jog. Beautiful scenery and the short hiking trail takes you through a small forest and right onto the beach.

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