Ugu South Coast Tourism upgrades region’s favourite picnic spots



Ugu South Coast Tourism has upgraded one of the destination’s favourite picnic spots, the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, by installing several tables and benches.

CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, said “the addition of these seating areas will enhance the visitor experience for those who visit the Oribi Gorge for it’s incredible eco-adventures or who simply enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Oribi Gorge”.

The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve was established in 1950 and is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The organization is grateful for this donation as it offers comfort and convenience to those who visit the reserve for picnics, birding, photography or walking trails.

Visitors can use the spot as a starting point for these activities or to enjoy their picnic lunches at while visiting the Oribi Gorge. Visitors need to get access permits at the Ezemvelo office further down the road. Wildlife that can be spotted include oribi, bushbuck, common reedbuck, blue and grey duiker and if you’re really lucky, the elusive leopard.

The need to upgrade the picnic spots was brought to the attention of the Tourism Board by the proactive Oribi Local Area Committee for Tourism, previously the Ezinqolweni Area Committee, whose members are thrilled with the upgrade.

The Oribi Gorge, adventure capital of the KZN South Coast, is easily accessible being only a short distance from Port Shepstone and the R61.

It offers unforgettable views that range from exhilarating vistas from the top of the Gorge to those from the Umzimkhulwana river valley, which is fringed with lush green forests and endless sandstone cliffs.

The area teems with an abundance of birdlife, with over 300 species having been recorded. It is also home to a breeding colony of more than 200 rare and endangered Cape Vultures, which is also easily accessible through guided tours. There is beauty wherever your eyes rest and multiple scenic viewpoints to enjoy along the way.

Other attractions in the Oribi Gorge include the famous Wild5Adventures, which includes the world’s highest gorge swing and Lake Eland Game Reserve, which offers the longest and most thrilling zipline tour in Africa.

The overhanging rock at Leopard Rock Coffee Shop is another must-do and activities such as suspension bridges, river rafting, horse riding, scooter tours, abseiling, paintball, 4×4 routes, fishing and so much more is on offer.

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