Lake Eland Game Reserve, a private game reserve on KwaZulu-Natal's south coast, offers travellers superb game viewing, spectacular birding, canoeing, sailing, horse riding, caving, fishing and many other activities on both land and water, making it the perfect choice for a family weekend getaway.

Did you know?

Close to the reserve is a farm on which endangered oribi antelope are being bred.

Lake Eland Game Reserve on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast is named in honour of the eland, South Africa's largest antelope and an animal revered by the indigenous San for thousands of years.

Spectacular views, a tranquil setting and a variety of activities have made this reserve a popular choice with families in need of its restorative powers. Be prepared for a panoramic expanse of natural beauty which spans an impressive 5 000 acres just inland from the coastal town of Port Shepstone.

Thanks to this private game reserve's well-maintained roads, most flora and fauna can be enjoyed and photographed from the comfort of your own vehicle, or, for more of a wild safari experience, take a game drive – day or night – with a ranger to guide you.

Lake Eland Game Reserve is an ideal choice for a family holiday, romantic getaway or even a day's outing. It offers spectacular views of the untamed Oribi Gorge and an abundance of wildlife: giraffe, blue duiker, zebra, wildebeest, eland, mountain reedbuck and bushbuck.

Moving down into the Oribi Gorge past the towering cliffs of Hell’s Gate, birders should have checklists at the ready for the narina trogon, starred robin, Knysna woodpecker and raptors such as the crowned eagle. Grassland species to be seen here include ground hornbill, secretary bird and martial eagle.

Whether your plan is to relax or participate in all the activities on offer, a few days’ stay will provide food for the soul and fun-filled exercise for the body.

Both adults and children are well catered for, with volleyball, ziplining, fishing, paintball, canoeing, sailing, horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, caving, 4x4 trails, an 80m-long suspension bridge, a Bushman rock art display, and a playground for the kids to while away the hours. Day visitors are welcome.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Lake Eland Game Reserve
Phone: +27 (0)39 687 0395

How to get here

Lake Eland Game Reserve is a 45-minute drive from Port Shepstone. From Durban take the N2 south to Port Shepstone. Take the Oribi Plaza off ramp. Turn right on the N2 Harding/Kokstad Road. At the Oribi Flats East sign turn right.Travel past the Oribi Gorge Hotel and follow the signs to Lake Eland Game Reserve. GPS co-ordinates: S 30º 41’ 36.6”; E 30º 10’ 20.2”

Best time to visit

Gates open at 7am in winter and summer, and close at 5pm. This is an all-year-round destination

Around the area

Visit nearby Oribi Gorge and take the plunge on one of the world's highest bungee jumps.

Tours to do

4.5km-long zipline; game drives; horse riding; birding and cave viewing.

What will it cost

Day visitor entrance fee is R40 per person. If you are staying overnight, the entrance fee does not apply. The accommodation costs are very reasonable, ranging between R100 and R400 per person per night.

Length of stay

There's so much to do that you will need at least a weekend, longer if possible.

Where to stay

Lake Eland Game Reserve has plenty of accommodation options including two- and five-sleeper log chalets, a honeymoon chalet with jacuzzi, 12-sleeper family homes, two-sleeper B&B units, and various camping and caravan sites. See the website for details.

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