DWESA-CWEBE NA­TURE RE­SERVE

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Dwesa-Cwebe (39 km²) is the big­gest of the three coastal re­serves and also the most re­mote. It’s about 80 km from the N2, but the drive can take three to four hours. The name is a lit­tle mis­lead­ing – the Mbashe River di­vides the re­serve in two and it’s a chal­lenge to get from the Dwesa side to the Cwebe side. ( The clos­est bridge is 65 km in­land.) Dwesa is on the south­ern bank and the big­ger of the two halves. It has a camp­site and self-cater­ing chalets. On the Cwebe side, the only ac­com­mo­da­tion is the pri­vate Haven Ho­tel. It’s a fam­ily ho­tel that’s made for re­lax­ing – the staff mem­bers will take care of every­thing and even make your bed. In a way, this lit­tle nugget of lux­ury makes Dwesa on the other side of the river seem even wilder. The beaches are of­ten pris­tine, some­times with no hu­man foot­prints in sight. It’s just the place to take that clas­sic cow-on-the-beach photo. “There are lots of things to do in the park,” says Vuyani Jamce, one of the Dwesa guides. “Go walk on the beach or in the for­est, ride your moun­tain bike, fish, pad­dle or look for birds. You can com­bine the dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties and also cross the river to Cwebe. Just say the word and I’ll ar­range it. There are eland here, and caracal, bush pigs, ze­bras, vervet mon­keys, saman­gos and a leop­ard or two. We also have a few buf­falo, but they’re grumpy. It’s bet­ter to hike with a guide in the for­est.”

Dwesa camp­site

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