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A guide to the Red Desert – hidden treasure of Port Edward

Red Desert, Port Edward, South Africa

Just outside Port Edward, South Africa, there is a 200 meter wide rust-red strip of desert reputed as the smallest desert in the world. This eleven hectare area is contrasted by the lush, green, tropical vegetation that surrounds it, which is the norm for the coastlines in South Africa. Some pretty interesting tales speak to it’s origin, of which one is an extra-terrestrial landing and another of a small tribe whose animals overgrazed the area and caused the phenomenon.


Red Desert Port Edward on the Map


The surrounding grasslands, forests and wetlands are home to a number of rare endemic plants and archeological artefacts have also been unearthed in the area.

Check the area out by hitting the trail on foot or by mountain bike. Be sure to see the magnificent view over the Umtamvuna Estuary from the cliff top which promises breath-taking views.

If you want to go hiking or do the mountain bike route, please see below details for Clearwater Trails:

TEL: +27 83 549 6710



Elize Rowe

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