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Introducing Great Kei River to Coffee Bay

One of the most remote and beautiful reserves in South Africa, Dwesa Nature Reserve is bounded by the Nqabara River in the south and extending over the Mbashe River in the north. You may see rhinos come down to the beach. Other species present include zebras, leopards and buffaloes, and crocodiles have been reintroduced to the rivers. Some 290 species of birds have been identified. On the Mbashe is a small cluster of white mangroves where crabs and mudskippers live among the roots. On offer is a guided wildlife drive (R45 per person) and there’s a number of hiking trails. Self-catering accommodation (1-/2-bedroom chalet R300/600) and camping (campsites R220) are available.

The only way to get to Dwesa is via Haven Hotel in your own vehicle; go to Willowvale and turn off at the large blue Emsengeni store towards the Kob Inn. Dwesa is signposted from this road.