The Siyaya Trail is a circular trail that starts and ends at the well-signposted markers off the lower beach road. The path is well maintained and clearly marked, so navigating the route is very easy.
The start loop takes you through the forested dunes towards the Siyaya River and is gently undulating and relatively easy. Before setting out on the return loop there is the option of following a leg of the trail across a footbridge over the Siyaya River and onto the beach. One can then either walk back along the beach or rejoin the return loop of the Siyaya Trail. The return loop is a bit more strenuous than the first, with some steep up- and down-sections.
A printed map is available from the reserve reception, and is also posted on a sign-board at the beginning of the hike.
Important information for hikers
The Umlalazi Nature Reserve:
The Umlalazi Nature Reserve is accessible from Mtunzini town, and is managed by EKZN Wildlife. There is a small entrance fee, payable at the gate.
R25 per person
Fitness level required:
There are no permits required to do this hike.
When to go
The Umlalazi Nature Reserve is open from 05h00 to 22h00 year-round.
The summer months (November to February) in KwaZulu-Natal can be very hot and humid while the winter is mild and dry.
Hikers can visit the reserve at any time however, it is best to try and get there as early as possible to hear the owls and other nocturnal birds.
What to Pack
- The Siyaya Trail is not very strenuous, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended for hiking.
- The hike is relatively short but there are no water points along the way so make sure you take sufficient water with you.
- Remember to pack your swimming things if you choose to go down to the beach.
- Binoculars for birding.
- Sunblock, a hat and sunglasses
- Trail snacks.
Details to keep on hand
Umlalazi Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)35 340 1836
Zululand Birding Route
Tel: +27 (0)83 225 5960
If you have food, beware of the brazen monkeys that hang around the picnic sites, especially if you have children with you.
The beach has no shark nets or lifeguards so exercise caution if you choose to swim.
Getting to the Umlalazi Nature Reserve
Mtunzini is 140 km from Durban, on the N2 highway. There are tollroads along this route.
Umlalazi Nature Reserve is accessed from Mtunzini town and is approximately 1km outside of the town.
Zululand Country Lodge
Tel: +27 (0) 61 388 0921 or +27 (0)72 348 2560