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 AreaTake 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.
Accommodation near Red Desert Nature Conservation Area
Red Desert Nature Conservation Area Map
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling