oNgoye Forest, also known as Ngoye or Ngoya Forest, is an ancient coastal scarp forest, protected by the oNgoye Forest Reserve. The forest of almost 4,000 ha covers an extensive granite ridge that rises from 200 to 460 metres above sea level. It makes for a unique destination for any visitor to the North Coast.
It is found some 10 km inland, or 16 km by road, from the coastal town of Mtunzini, and adjoins smaller forest reserves on its periphery, namely Impeshulu in the west, Ezigwayini in the north, and Dengweni in the south.
The Zulu king Mpande is the first known person to have afforded protection to oNgoye Forest in the 1800s. The area became an official conservation area in 1992. Cattle grazing, crop cultivation and limited utilization of trees however occur in the protected area, and the edge of the forest is subjected to periodic burning which may reduce the forest area.
The Hatchery was a prawn breeding facility on a lagoon overlooking a deserted beach and nature reserve. The facility has been “lightly” renovated – the end result is a unique blend of comfort and rustic cool. The Hatchery is all about chilling out, letting loose, and reconnecting.
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