Combining indigenous forests, rocky coastlines, sandy beaches and grasslands, the Hluleka Nature Reserve is situated along the ancient Wild Coast within the district of Ngqeleni in the Eastern Cape.

Comprising coastal forest, the Hluleka Nature Reserve covers an area of 772ha and includes the adjacent coastal area. Hluleka’s biodiversity consists of indigenous animal species such as the blue duiker, elusive eland, zebra and a range of birdlife. The Hluleka Marine Protected Area is located alongside this Nature Reserve – between Coffee Bay and Port St Johns – and protects a 4km stretch of the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast.

This MPA provides sanctuary and protection for the Southern Right whale between April and December, the Humpback whale all year round as well as for humpback and bottlenose dolphins. The adjacent reserve includes the unique swamp forest, the Cape parrot and the green coucal.

Hluleka Marine Protected Area lies on the coast, 87km south east of Umtata and 20km south of Port St. Johns. It has a collection of beach coves and extends six nautical miles out to sea, protecting a rocky shoreline, a river mouth and sandy beaches.

The entire Hluleka Marine Protected Area is a no-take zone

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MPA established date:

Length of coastline protected:
4 km

Area of ocean protected:
41 km²


  • For the protection of marine fauna and flora and the physical features and natural processes on which they depend;
  • To facilitate fishery management by protecting spawning stock, allowing stock recovery, enhancing stock abundance in adjacent areas as well as providing pristine communities for research;
  • To diminish any conflict that arises due to competing users in that area.

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Contact details for MPA office:
Manager : Mr Nikelwa Tom
Phone: 087 285 7784
063 698 1558
Address: Hluleka Nature Reserve and MPA,
PO.BOX 7542, Umtata, 5099
Tel/ Landline: 087 285 7784
Fax No: 086 577 2853