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.

33 Eden Crest |
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...

Eden Crest |
from R800
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...

Umtamvuna River Lodge |
from R1,150
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...

The Ferryman |
from R300
1 night, 2 adults

The Ferryman

Sleeps 31 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 ...

Vuna Valley Ventures |
from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Vuna Valley Ventures

Sleeps 44 Rennies Beach Guest House in Rennies Beach
1.14km from Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

This magical spot is set within strolling distance from the Old Pont entrance of the Umtamvuna Natur...

Caribbean Guest House, B11 Barbados |
from R2,800
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 ...

De Novo Lodge |
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...

The Schack |
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...

Caribbean Estates |
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...

The Tree House |
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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