Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

Description

Port Edward’s unusual claim to fame is the Red Desert, reputed to be the smallest desert in the world. At just 200 m in width, it stands in stark contrast to the surrounding lush, tropical vegetation.

Extra-terrestrial landings, excessive overgrazing and many other intriguing tales are attributed to its origins. The surrounding grasslands, forests and wetlands are home to a number of rare endemic plants. Archeological artifacts have also been unearthed.

Hit the trail on foot or mountain bike and check out the magnificent view over the Umtamvuna Estuaryfrom the cliff top. Clearwater Trails offer walking or mountain biking trips along the Umtamvuna Gorge starting at the viewing deck upriver, ending at the Umtamvuna Bridge.

Photo credit: Dave Watson

This place was added by Far Horizon Lodge

Directions

Take the N2 South to Port Edward, turn right at traffic lights and follow Izingolweni Rd. Turn left into Old Pont Rd, the entrance is 50 m on the right – first gate.

Red Desert Nature Conservation Area Map

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Accommodation near Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1,800
1 night, 2 adults

33 Eden Crest

Sleeps 4 Rennies Beach Self-catering in Rennies Beach
0.30km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

33 Eden Crest is situated in Port Edward, a small seaside village and the last stop on the KwaZulu-N...

from R1,300
1 night, 2 adults

Eden Crest

Sleeps 6 Rennies Beach Self-catering in Rennies Beach
0.30km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

Eden Crest is in the small but vibrant town of Port Edward which borders KwaZulu-Natal and the Easte...

from R1,050
1 night, 2 adults

Umtamvuna River Lodge

Sleeps 16 Rennies Beach Lodge in Rennies Beach
0.53km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

Enjoy a relaxing holiday on the banks of the Umtamvuna River by the sea with plenty of outdoor activ...

from R300
1 night, 2 adults

The Ferryman

Sleeps 29 Rennies Beach Self-catering in Rennies Beach
0.92km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

The Ferryman aims to offer a camping experience but without the hassles of a tent. Furnishings are ...

from R4,500
1 night, 2 adults

Caribbean Guest House, B11 Barbados

Sleeps 12 Rennies Beach Self-catering in Rennies Beach
1.23km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

Set in a private resort in the tropical setting of KwaZulu Natal’s south coast, the Caribbean Guest ...

from R550
1 night, 2 adults

De Novo Lodge

Sleeps 35 Rennies Beach Self-catering in Rennies Beach
1.28km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

A secure lodge in Port Edward on the famous Natal South Coast, situated on the renowned Old Point Ro...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Vuna Valley

Sleeps 22 Rennies Beach Lodge, Rennies Beach Self-catering, Rennies Beach Bed and Breakfast in Rennies Beach
1.34km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

At Vuna Valley we offer our guests a comfortable place to chill, a base from which to explore the be...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

The Schack

Sleeps 2 Rennies Beach Self-catering in Rennies Beach
1.35km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

The Schack is situated in Port Edward, on the Hibiscus Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Port Edward was name...

from R4,500
1 night, 2 adults

Caribbean Estates

Sleeps 46 Rennies Beach Self-catering in Rennies Beach
1.36km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

Caribbean Estates is situated in the lush tropical setting of KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast, on the bo...

from R1,500
1 night, 2 adults

The Tree House

Sleeps 5 Rennies Beach Self-catering in Rennies Beach
1.39km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

The Tree House offers comfortable accommodation in a rustic tree house, situated in Port Edward. It...

 
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