Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is a spectacularly scenic location ideal for hiking and picnicking. Other activities include paintball wars, birding, zip lining, abseiling, white water rafting, quad biking and testing your adrenalin limits on the Wild Swing!
Oribi Gorge lies 21km inland from Port Shepstone and is about a 2 hour drive from Durban.
Over December we spent two weeks with family on the South Coast of Durban, and on a gorgeous, hot, blue-sky day after Christmas Mike and I decided to venture off on our own to Oribi Gorge.
We had breakfast when we first arrived at the cute Farmhouse Cafe and then carried on to Wild 5 Adventures. We weren’t there for the adrenaline fix so we didn’t take part in any of the activities…
…Other than crossing the suspension bridge which is an experience all of its own when the wind is blowing! Insert Wide Eyed Emoji – in all honesty, I LOVED it.
But we did watch a few brave souls leap off the side of the gorge on the Wild Swing, and zip line across it from the stunning waterfall -> I thought this might be more my speed.
If you are at Oribi Gorge for a full action packed day of adventure, then this is what you’ve got to look forward to…
This beautiful nature reserve has so much to offer for a day trip, or two!
7 Activities At Oribi Gorge:
FOR THE ADRENALINE JUNKIES:
- The Wild Swing – free fall over the edge of Lehrs Falls, getting up to a speed of 120 km per hour while soaring down into an arc a 100 meters long.
- Abseil down the gorge.
- Opt for the Wild Slide – Zip Line across the top of the gorge from the Lehr’s Waterfall strapped into a full body harness, in total comfort, while admiring the spectacular views.
- Quad Biking – get to enjoy nature in its unspoiled beauty whilst having the best adventure that four wheels can offer.
WHITE WATER RAFTING:
White water rafting down the Umzimkhulu River will certainly get your blood pumping and will make for a fun afternoon!
Get your life jackets on and hit the water where you will brave rapids of different grades depending on the conditions at the time. Experienced guides will accompany you on your trip.
If you are looking for an exhilarating experience with your friends, a great team building activity or a birthday party to remember then look no further. Ballistic Paintball is bound to exceed your expectations and will definitely get your adrenaline pumping.
The reserve itself is 1837 hectares and is in the centre of a long stretch of gorge along the Mzimkhulwana River. Make sure you bring your binoculars and your camera to capture the beauty around you.
You are bound to see a large range of bird species such as the African Wood-Owl, Black Cuckoo Shrike, African Pygmy-Kingfisher, Olive Woodpecker, African Finfoot, Cape Vulture, Forest Buzzard, Brown-Scrub Robin, Narina Trogan, Lemon Dove, Purple Crested Ruraco and the Striped Pipit. Some of the Winter visitors consist of the Malachite Sunbird, Gurney’s Sugarbird and more.
Check out this post on Things To Do In Oribi Gorge for more information.
If you’d like to spend a night or two, there are several options for accommodation within the reserve.
Check out Accommodation within the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve for more information.
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I’m heading off to Zimbabwe next week where I’ll spend 4 nights at Spurwing Island, Kariba. I can hardly wait, it’s going to be so nostalgic. Spurwing has to be one of my most favourite places and I’m excited to be with family as we celebrate my mom’s 70th birthday.
The following weekend, Mike joins me in Zim and I’m excited to finally get to show him where I grew up! Plus we plan to visit a game park 90 minutes outside of Harare with my family.
I’ll be sure to share all the details on the blog when we get home!