Things to do
Santa Rosa is also home to 10 hectares of sand forest. The owners are particularly fond of indigenous trees and regard it to be a huge honor to be custodians of such a beautiful and highly endangered botanical environment. The construction of a walking trail, tree tagging and the removal of invasive plants is a current and ongoing project that Peter and Gavin are working on.
There are some great trails in the area and mile upon mile of gravel roads to explore. Ride to Rafikis for the best coffee in town and then on to the Ngweni Railroad Brewery for a cold craft beer. False Bay is just one kilometer down the road from Santa Rosa and the Mpophomeni and Ingwe Trail offer some sublime riding on forest trails. If a relaxed spin is all you’re after take a cruise along the shoreline of the lake and experience one of the most beautiful lakeviews ever.
Rafikis – Serves the best coffee in town and has a superb breakfast and lunch menu. Just 6 kilometers from Santa Rosa this is a great restaurant option and whilst there consider the snake and croc park for an informative and fascinating guided tour at Zulu Croc.
Ngweni Railroad Brewery – Serving a range of great Craft beers and light meals the brewery is a lively spot especially in the evenings. Great service and excellent burgers, pizzas and pub grub for the thirsty and hungry. The brewery is 10 kilometers from Santa Rosa along the R22 towards Hluhluwe town and just after the railroad crossing.
Sandforest attracts several endemic and near endemic birds and it is a wonderful opportunity for visiting birders to see how many of these ‘specials’ they can see during their stay. Whilst Santa Rosa can keep the dendrologist and birder busy for days there is of course False Bay Park within walking distance away. False Bay Park is a 3000 hectare game reserve that borders Santa Rosa and straddles the western shore of Lake St Lucia’s Wetland Park World Heritage Site known as iSimangaliso. Isimangaliso is the Zulu word for miracle and indeed it is a remarkable area with unparalleled diversity in marine, terrestrial fauna and flora.
Walks and Hikes
False Bay has over 50 kilometers of safe self guided walks and their just down the road. Park your car at the gate of simply start your walk from Santa Rosa. The Mpophomeni Trail is our favorite and incorporates the best sections of the rare sand forests of Maputaland. Walk the full 9 kilometer trail or the shorter 6 kilometer switchback route. The Ingwe Trail is a 6 kilometer trail that includes both forest and shoreline. The Dukandlovu Trail is the longest trail of 14 kilometers and meanders through forest and lakeshore environs. All the trails are flat and are suitable for all ages.
Other activities fact sheet
Walking Trails at False Bay Park
Fishing at False Bay Park
Safari to Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and Mkuze Game Reserve
Beaches and Scuba diving at Sodwana Bay
Explore St Lucia and Cape Vidal
Charters creek and Western shores game reserve
Cheetah Sanctuary at Emdoneni
Elephant interaction at Bayete