Umtamvuna Nature Reserve near Port Edward offers strenuous hiking tours and is a dictionary of Southafrican botany for tree huggers. Parking is free at the main gate, but there is no parking attendent. From the main gate, we choose the porcupine route. You can choose between trails (round trips) of 3 to 8 hours walking length. At many trees you pass on the tour, you will read a name badge with the English, Africaans and Xhosa name. So many strange plants. You will not see all 385 species of woody plants growing here, but at least many of them. The path was well signposted. No chance/risk to get lost. Most of the trails offer a steep descend into the gorge. To get back to the car, you will have to ascend through the gorge again on another route.
People say there is bushbuck, serval, baboon, samango monkeys, blue and grey duiker and common reedbuck in the reserve. Well, we did not see them.
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