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About Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

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

Directions to Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

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.
Telephone:
Debbie Sharp
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Accommodation near Red Desert Nature Conservation Area

Eden Wilds Unit 46 and 49

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from R990
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Ocean Grove Guest House

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Leisure Bay Self-catering

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Leisure Bay Self-catering is a lovely wooden house that offers guests a comfortable stay in Leisure Bay. With the closest beach a mere 1 km...
from R500
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The Merry Crab

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Sleeps 72 in 18 rooms

The Merry Crab is a delightful self-catering beach resort carved out of the Admiralty reserve which fringes the Indian Ocean.It is favoured...
from R770
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Villa Doré

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Villa Doré is located in a small resort town named Port Edward on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.This boutique hotel...
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Rock Cod House

Sleeps 14 in 7 rooms

Rock Cod House is a comfortable four-bedroom self-catering house with a sea view. It is located in Port Edward next to the light house and...
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Red Desert Nature Conservation Area Map

Red Desert Nature Conservation Area is 3km from the centre of Port Edward , the nearest airport 28.5km (Margate Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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