24 March 2011 by Roy Barford

Dalton Private Reserve adventures

Image courtesy Dalton Private Reserve

During a 24-hour stay at Dalton Private Reserve near Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal, I rafted down the raging Bushman’s River, completed a challenging 10km horse trail, devoured 3 delicious meals and took in some excellent scenery and wildlife.

The white water rafting involved some eye-opening rapids, stomach-churning drops and serene sections of flat water, which were ideal for taking in the lush green surrounds. Local guides ensured that safety procedures were followed and that the best entry points to the rapids were taken.

During the dry winter, the same section of river offers excellent trout fishing. I enjoyed smoked trout for dinner, prepared by a local chef who informed me that my lunch, dinner and breakfast were all comprised entirely of ingredients from the reserve.

The white water rafting involved some eye-opening rapids, stomach-churning drops and serene sections of flat water, which were ideal for taking in the lush green surrounds.

Wildlife at Dalton includes some 60 buffalo, 10 rhino, as well as scores of wildebeest, zebra and various species of antelope. While offroad game viewing vehicles are available, getting among the wildlife on horseback is the far more adventurous option.

Joe Dawson, general manager of Dalton, is an expert horseman with superb knowledge of the geography and the game. He is able to quickly assess rider ability and plan routes accordingly. The terrain we covered during our outride included grassland, a fairly rocky mountain, as well as rivers and streams.

Other activities offered at Dalton include tennis, clay pigeon shooting, guided walks and hot air balloon rides. Hunting is offered according to population control requirements.

Dalton Private Reserve offers tailored, luxury packages to those wishing to experience the African outdoors in style. There is an airstrip on the estate and charter flights are easily arranged. For more information, visit their website.

Category: Adventure, Attractions

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