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Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name:

Oribi Gorge

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert


Over countless millenia the Mzimkulwana River has cut a deep gorge which we now call Oribi Gorge.

Oribi Gorge is situated just over 20 km inland from Port Shepstone.

The gorge offers wonderful views and there are a number of walks in the area. There is a picnic site alongside the river at the bottom of the gorge.

Birding is a popular activity in the gorge and one might see Knysna Woodpecker, Crowned Eagle, African Broadbill and many others. Here is a bird checklist. A number of mammals may be seen including Bushbuck, Blue Duiker and Samango Monkey.

At the top of the gorge there is a small camp offering both hutted and camping facilities.

Cliffs at Oribi Gorge

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above and below - What a difference a year makes! The photograph above was taken on 22nd September 2007 and the below photograph on the 19th October 2008.

Cliffs at Oribi Gorge

Photo © Steven Herbert

Checklist of some of the birds to be seen at Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Natal Spurfowl

Helmeted Guineafowl

African Black Duck

Lesser Honeyguide

Cardinal Woodpecker

Black-collared Barbet

Crowned Hornbill

Trumpeter Hornbill

African Hoopoe

Narina Trogon

Malachite Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Little Bee-eater

Speckled Mousebird

Diderick Cuckoo

Burchell's Coucal

Knysna Turaco

African Scops-Owl

Speckled Pigeon

Laughing Dove

Cape Turtle-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

Tambourine Dove

Black Kite

African Harrier-Hawk

African Goshawk

Little Sparrowhawk

Black Sparrowhawk

Steppe Buzzard

Jackal Buzzard

Lanner Falcon

Hadeda Ibis

Black-headed Oriole

Square-tailed Drongo

Fork-tailed Drongo

Black-backed Puffback

Southern Boubou

Chinspot Batis

Pied Crow

White-necked Raven

Common Fiscal

Grey Cuckooshrike

Southern Black Tit

Barn Swallow

White-throated Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow

Dark-capped Bulbul

Sombre Greenbul

Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Cape White-eye

Rufous-naped Lark

Olive Thrush

Southern Black Flycatcher

African Dusky Flycatcher

Red-capped Robin-Chat

White-browed Scrub-Robin

African Stonechat

Mocking Cliff-Chat

Red-winged Starling

Black-bellied Starling

Cape Glossy Starling

Olive Sunbird

Grey Sunbird

Amethyst Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

White-bellied Sunbird

Spectacled Weaver

Yellow Weaver

Village Weaver

Southern Red Bishop

Thick-billed Weaver

Bronze Mannikin

Red-backed Mannikin

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

Yellow-fronted Canary

Mammals of Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Black-backed Jackal

Blue Duiker


Cape Clawless Otter

Cape Porcupine


Chacma Baboon

Common Duiker



Rock Hyrax

Samango Monkey

Scrub Hare


Striped Polecat

Vervet Monkey

Water Mongoose


References and further reading

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Year Published: 2006 - Page: 86

Birding in Southern KwaZulu-Natal - Author: David Allan - Year Published: - Page: 24

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 130

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 194

Getaway - Vol 27 No 09 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 76

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 163

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 115

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 135

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 329

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 161

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 207

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 114

Things to do in Moer & Gone Places - Author: Jacques Marais - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 128

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 312

Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 54

Where to see Birds in Natal - Author: Gordon Bennett - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 20

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 170

Wild Issue 22 - Author: - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 75

Wild Issue 27 - Author: - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 10

Wild Issue 35 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 40

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