Hiking at The Oyster Box


Durban South Africa offers walkers numerous opportunities to get out and about on foot. 


From boosting fitness, to improving mental wellbeing – and even helping us in our social lives, walking and hiking offers all kinds of tangible benefits and there is no better location to enjoy this popular past time than South Africa. Hotel guests are able to stroll straight from their rooms and visit several different Nature Reserves or Gorges that offer uninterrupted views. The hotel has created several packages for unforgettable outdoor experiences and our team is happy to help.

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve 

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is a 253 hectare protected area in the suburb of Yellowwood Park, Durban, South Africa. The park was proclaimed in 1963, after land was donated by Mr Kenneth Stainbank for its purpose. The reserve is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (30 - 35 Minutes drive from the Oyster Box Hotel).

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

 Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve is located at the mouth of the Umgeni River in Durban North, a suburb of Durban, South Africa. The nature reserve, proclaimed in 1977, protects 76 hectares of a natural estuarine system (10 - 15 Minutes drive from the Oyster Box Hotel).

Giba Gorge

The picturesque McIntosh Falls, with their lush surroundings and deep plunge pool, are a highlight of this extensive gorge in the Hillcrest region west of Durban. Starting at the Giba gates on St Helier Road, the route initially follows the Ukhozi (Eagle) Trail through a beautiful section of indigenous forest, where the chances of spotting the trail’s namesake are high. It branches off onto the Ndabushe (Caracal) Trail, which leads to the base of McIntosh Falls. It’s a moderately difficult, 7km-return walk that will take the best part of three hours, but the falls are beautiful and the large, icy-cold pool is a must. If you happen to clamber above the falls you’re in for a surprise when you spot the trunks of various indigenous trees painted pink and blue (40 - 45 Minutes drive from the Oyster Box Hotel).

Kamberg Nature Reserve

Kamberg Nature Reserve, with its picturesque resort, lies in the central part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, and is a three-hour drive from Durban. Kamberg is easily reached through Mooi River via Rosetta or from Nottingham Road via Rosetta. The surrounding landscape is rich in San (or Bushmen) history, with San raiding parties using the hills and valleys to hide cattle taken from settlers who had appropriated their land to the point where the San were no longer able to sustain themselves through their tradition hunter-gatherer lifestyle (2.5 - 3 hour drive from the Oyster Box Hotel).

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Umhlanga lagoon is a 26 hectares nature reserve on the shore of the Indian Ocean at Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa. The reserve encloses the Ohlanga River's lagoon and mouth. The forest forms a natural extension of the less accessible Hawaan Forest, of which the greater part lies inland of the busy M4 road (5 - 10 Minutes drive from the Oyster Box Hotel.


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