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Untouched by mainstream tourism, the Hluleka Nature Reserve welcomes guests to seaside solitude with lush coastal forests as its backdrop.

Offering hikers and outdoor enthusiasts a wonderful escape with prolific wildlife and birds, the area has the best of both beaching and outdoor adventure.

This tranquil reserve has a diverse range of eco systems – rocky seashores, golden beaches, lagoons and lush forests of quinine, coral, stink ebony and Natal fig trees.

The accommodation at Hluleka is very good – seven self catering chalets with exquisite views, on a small hilltop  covered in old indigenous trees, striking orange strelitzias and grassy areas where Burchell’s zebra roam and graze.

Each double story chalet sleeps 4. Comfortable lounge suites and flat screen TV with DSTV, microwave, gas stove and all essentials in the kitchen, plush linen, comfortable beds and soft towels in the beautiful bathrooms which have baths and showers.

The reserve is home to an incredible diversity of eco systems, as well as abundant wildlife. Walks lead along the rugged coastline, to tranquil and unspoiled beaches, along peaceful lagoons and through the lush forest.

Bushbuck, Eland, Impala, Blue Duiker, wildebeest, blesbok and Burchell’s Zebra, are some of the animals that are frequently spotted. It is a wanderers’ paradise, with dozens of little meandering paths. On the beach you will find the tracks of otter and extraordinary rocky outcrops shaped into strange bubble formations by the rapid cooling of volcanic lava in millennia past. There are great view points from which to spot dolphin and whale.

The forest has incredible bird life – cape parrot, rare green-billed coucal and knysna turaco, sunbirds, canaries, herons, and the fabulous, elusive narina trogon.

In winter the indigenous forest is ablaze with the scarlet blossom of the coral tree and the hillsides are coloured with bright orange aloe-ferox.

This reserve is truly a hidden gem.

Security at Hluleka is seen as a priority.

Booking should be online : http://bookonline.ecpta.co.za .

UPDATE Nov 2022. The April heavy rains along the eastern coasts washed away the concrete causeway access to Hluleka. The reserve has re-opened and access is via a detour requiring a 4×4.