Our low impact accomodation.
The Msikaba camp is built unobtrusively inside indigenous coastal dune forest where one has immediate access to the vast, open beach and to the phenomenal Msikaba river. Msikaba is home to a Cape Vulture colony where this highly endangered species can be enjoyed from a breath-taking viewpoint which peers down a sandstone canyon.
The Msikaba Estuary is the deepest estuary in South Africa at a staggering 35m at its deepest point. This protected environment is a vitally important sanctuary for marine life and a paddle up the river is an absolute must at some point during your stay. If you are lucky enough, you may even get to see the Mkhambathi Palm (Jubaeopsis caffra) which is found naturally in only two places in the entire world, along the northern banks of the Msikaba and Mtentu rivers. Msikaba borders on the Mkhambathi Nature Reserve which offers visitors a magnificent range of walks to enjoy many indigenous and endemic plant species and a large variety of plains game.
Msikaba is home to a natural island which can be easily accessed at low tide. The island is the actual site of the famous Sao Bento shipwreck in 1554 and many coins, beads and treasures have been collected on the island over the years. The island also offers fishermen a great opportunity to get one for the pot.
Luphuthana is undoubtedly our wildest and most adventurous camp. A fantastic location to a host of magnificent escapes in the nearby vicinity and the gateway to the Waterfall Bluff which lies 4km to the south, home to the Mlambokhulu, Mfethlelo and Cutwini waterfalls.
The terrain at Luphatana is rugged and pure but a short walk north will bring you to the beautiful Mkwena beach which makes for a great outing.
The remarkable salt-water spray of Champagne Mile will guide you home again as the waves break against the sandstone shelf, sending a spray sometimes 40m up into the air. This is where we believe God pops his champagne after creating Pondoland
The Luphatana ledges are famous for fishing however more conducive to the more experienced anglers.
*It is important to note that there is no direct vehicle access to the Luphuthana camp and you will need to park your vehicle on the northern bank of the river and cross (300m) by foot.
This piece of heaven offers your family a blissful holiday alongside your own private beach and estuary. The warm estuary is the ultimate playground for kids and adults alike. An easy paddle upriver allows you to explore the pristine mangrove system and the many birds that frequent this region. It is not uncommon to see Giant, Pied, Brown Hooded, Mangrove and Half Collared Kingfishers during your stay as well as our resident pair of Fish Eagles. Fishing is another activity that can be enjoyed at Manteku. The coastline and estuary allow for both novice and experienced fisherman to claim the honours of catching dinner. You will be required to have a fishing licence and to also bring your own cooler box for bait.
The warm and welcoming community at Manteku offers a fantastic opportunity of experiencing a local Pondo meal in a traditional homestead. This can be arranged with the camp manager.
Getting down to the Manteku camp requires a 4×4 vehicle, however, there is safe 2×4 parking at the top of the hill (500m away) at Mr Shesi’s house where people can park during their stay at R50 per day.