Oribi Gorge adventures
Did you know?
The sandstone cliffs at Oribi Gorge are believed to be over 365 million years old.
Oribi Gorge on KwaZulu-Natal's south coast is a haven for adventure and nature-lovers alike. When it comes to abseiling in South Africa, few sites can match the rush offered by Oribi Gorge's Wild Abseil. At 110 metres high, it is one of the highest natural commercial abseils in the world.
Abseilers are lowered over the edge of the gorge, right next to the spectacular Lehrs Falls, and then drop the 100-odd metres into the valley below. The first 45 metres is a cliff abseil and the remaining 65 metres a free abseil.
The action doesn't stop there. The Wild Abseil is part of the gorge's Wild 5 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 sees you taking a heart-stopping leap off the top of the waterfall and swinging over 100 metres to the gorge below.
The Wild Slide is slightly less hair-raising and involves sliding 160 metres above the valley along a 120 metre steel cable across the front of the falls. This provides the perfect opportunity to take in the awe-inspiring beauty of Oribi Gorge.
Professional instructors are available to assist on all activities and the highest safety standards are adhered to, with all safety equipment, including full body harnesses, provided.
The Oribi Gorge also features some beautiful hikes, ranging from easy 1 kilometre trails to more challenging 9 kilometre hikes. A guided overnight trail that includes abseiling is also available.
With grade 3 to 5 rapids, the Umzimkhulu River provides great white water rafting conditions. Half-day, full-day and 2-day packages are available, with 2-man inflatable rafts being used when water levels are lower.
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Who to contact
Oribi Gorge Hotel & Adventure Resort
Tel: +27 (0) 39 687 0253
Fax: +27 (0) 39 687 0267
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 337 3746