Owner run since 1999 and renowned for its warm hospitality and environmentally conscious heart, this unique place is proud to be awarded Birdlife South Africa "Birder Friendly" status, as well as earning the 5 Green hearts for Green acts award from Love to Stay.
We got here May 1996 ready for a new adventure! 21 years down the Yellowwood road and what a journey it's been... We've built a life, birthed our children, built our business and made a life- stronger together. Things change, we change but love is really all that matters in the end, in the beginning and in the middle...
Community and Environment
Enjoy our Forest Fare market day every Saturday. Stock up on fresh produce and home bakes. Traders welcome. Come light and shop local.
The small touch farm and magical playground with it’s tree house, trampoline and slides will keep the kids busy; come hungry and make yourself at home.
Swim in the rivers natural swimming hole with its high rocks from which to do bomb drops and explore the forest trails. The Morgan Bay dam for bass fishing, swimming and canoeing is a short walk away.
Our friendly staff are locals from the area- all keen and willing to learn and serve you- many of them once trained go on to other jobs where we wish them well on their new ventures. Our core members have been with us for more than 18 years and we quite honestly couldn't manage with out them.
Kentani Dwarf Chameleon discovered here!
We're very excited about the recent discovery of a dwarf chameleon species in Morgan Bay that was not known to occur here!
Kentani Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion kentanicum) is a Vulnerable species and previously known to occur only in the vicinity of Kentani and along the Wild Coast, North of Dwesa to Coffee Bay.
Our son Heath discovered this beauty last month, at the Morgan Bay dam. We sent a photo to Herpetologist Tyrone Ping for an ID who came all the way from Durban to check it out!
Tyrone found it to be restricted to the tall stemmed grasses, particularly Narrow-Leaved Turpentine Grass (Cymbopogon caesius), on the hillsides around Yellowwood Forest here in Morgan Bay. Previous habitat descriptions in the vicinity of Coffee Bay and Dwesa Nature Reserve mentioned thick coastal bush and scarp forests, but in Morgan Bay, he found this to be untrue.
Major threats to this species include Habitat degradation, development, alien plant infestations and slash and burn type agricultural practices. All of which happen here! This chameleon is known to occur in only one small protected area (Dwesa Wildlife Reserve, 37 km2). There is a continuing decline in its range so finding it in Morgan bay is HUGE and very exciting.
At the moment there are no notable conservation measures in place for this species (barring a single general protected reserve where it has been found in Dwesa Nature Reserve)