Mpenjati Nature Reserve and adjacent Trafalgar Marine Protected Area, lying between Port Edward and Margate, provides scenic beauty of the coastline, estuary and coastal vegetation. There ample opportunities for a range of wildlife photography and landscape photography.
Mpenjati is a worthwhile day-visitor stop-over destination. At only 60-hectares in size, the terrestrial reserve is home to the shy Blue Duiker as well as a multitude of bird species. The Trafalgar Marine Protected Area shoreline is 4.8km in length, making it one of the smallest in South Africa. Trafalgar Marine Protected Area was promulgated primarily to protect a petrified forest of fossils that become exposed in the intertidal zone.
The Ipithi trail on the south bank is 1,2 km long, while the Yengele trail on the north bank is 1,8 km long and passes through one of the largest dune forests on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.
Osprey and African Fish Eagles occur on the estuary together with Half-Collared Kingfishers and migrant waders. In the forest patches, Green Twinspot and Orange-Breasted Bush-Shrike may be found together with the shy and difficult to see Narina Trogon.