Oribi Gorge is as famous for its dramatic scenery as it is for its exhilarating wilderness activities. If you’re in KwaZulu-Natal and you’re not only craving adventure but all the beautiful scenery that comes with it too, then you need to go to Oribi Gorge.
Whether you are an adventurer, bird lover, photographer, nature-lover, a solo traveller or a family trekker you will find just what you need in this beautiful part of South Africa. For the adventurer, we have just the thing for you…
How about some abseiling?
When it comes to abseiling in South Africa, few sites can match the rush offered by Oribi Gorge’s Wild Abseil. At 110 metre high, it’s one of the world’s premier natural commercial abseils. Abseilers are lowered over the edge of the gorge, right next to the spectacular Lehrs Falls, to drop the hundred-odd metres into the valley below. The first 45 metres is a cliff abseil and the remaining 65 metres, a free abseil.
And the action doesn’t stop there. The Wild Abseil is part of the gorge’s Wild Five adventure activity roster, which includes the Wild Swing and the Wild Slide.
The Wild Swing is one of the most popular big swings in South Africa and the highest in the world. It entails a heart-stopping leap off the top of the waterfall that leaves you swinging more than 100 metres to the gorge below.
The Wild Slide is slightly less hair-raising and involves sliding 160m above the valley along a 120 metre-long steel cable across the front of the falls – the perfect opportunity to soak up the beauty of the Gorge with the best views in the house. Professional instructors are available to assist with all activities and the highest safety standards are adhered to. All safety equipment, including full-body harnesses, is provided.
Hike and raft your way through the gorge
The Oribi Gorge also features some beautiful hikes, ranging from easy one-kilometre trails to more challenging nine-kilometre hikes. A guided overnight trail that includes abseiling is also available. With grade three to five rapids, the Umzimkulu River provides great white-water rafting conditions. Half-day, full-day and two-day packages are available, with two-man inflatable rafts being used when water levels are lower than during the summer rainfall season.
DID YOU KNOW: The gorge is approximately 400 metres (1,300 ft) deep, and almost 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) wide at its widest.
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