THINGS TO SEE & DO

there is so much to do…

Activities on the South Coast

Free river kayaks

Grab a kayak and go for a paddle up the Mtentweni river. Paddle up between mangroves where you will get a chance to spot Vervet monkeys and a large variety of birds including the resident pair of Fish Eagles!

Oribi Gorge

Oribi Gorge is 25km inland for The Spot and makes a great daytrip. Carved out by the Umzimkulu River, the gorge is not only scenic, but offers a full day of adventure and excitement.

Spot Backpackers offers day trips up to Oribi Gorge for R150 per person (minimum 3 people).

Wild Gorge Swing

The Wild Gorge Swing is an awesome experience that leaves you breathless but exhilarated. Situated at the top of Lehrs waterfall, it is the highest swing in the world. You jump off a rock ledge, falling 77m down into the depths of the gorge before swinging out in a 100m arc. You’re slowly winched up, giving you a chance to catch your breath and enjoy the view.

A full body harness is used to allow for a safe and comfortable ride. Fully qualified personnel supervise the experience.

Wild Slide

Wild Slide is a 120m zipline slide along a cable 160m above the gorge. We call this a foofy slide in South Africa, and this foofy gives you a great view of the gorge and Lehr’s Falls.

Wild Abseil

This 110m abseil is for those willing to work a bit harder for their thrills. The first 45m is a cliff abseil where you abseil with your feet against the cliff. The remaining 65m is a free abseil where you can take in the beauty of the gorge from a different angle.

Safety is a priority and abseils are supervised by qualified professionals. Beginners are welcome and full instructions are given beforehand.

Wild Water Rafting

Go on a half day, full day or two-day rafting trip on the Umzimkulu River. There are two routes. The first is a relaxed paddle on which you can enjoy the scenery and the birdlife and some excitement on three moderate rapids. The second is a more challenging full day route grade 2 to 4 rapids depending on the level of the river. Both trips include refreshments and a lunch at the Oribi Gorge Hotel.

Trips are led by qualified rafting guides. Rafting operates all-year-round, but tubes may be used instead of rafts during low-level months.

A minimum of four people are required per trip and bookings are essential.

Hiking trails

There are several hiking trails that are accessible from the Oribi Gorge Hotel. Baboon’s Trail and Camel Trail are easy 1km walks along the edge of the gorge. Lehr’s Trail is a 1-2 hour walk to the bottom of Lehr’s Falls and is suitable for people of average fitness. This hike is not recommended for children younger than 7.

There are also several hiking trails to scenic spots in the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve.

Horse riding

Trails offered by the Oribi Gorge Hotel run along the edge and into the gorge. Horse trails at Lake Eland give you the opportunity to do some game viewing.

Biking trails

The Oribi Gorge Hotel has two mountain bike trails. The first is a gravel road used by vehicles that lead to view sites. The second is an intermediate trail that borders the edge of the gorge that is tricky in places but more enjoyable.

Lake Eland Game Reserve has mountain bikes for hire.

Lake Eland Game Reserve

Lake Eland is a 5000 acre game reserve overlooking the Oribi Gorge. Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, bushbuck and reedbuck are just some of the animals that can be viewed here. Lake Eland also offer hiking trails, horse riding and mountain bike rentals, giving you other alternatives for viewing game other than from a car.

Highlights at Lake Eland include the Eagle’s Nest viewpoint and suspension bridge overlooking the gorge. A visit to the reserve is also a good family outing, with a picnic area, children’s playground and swimming pool.

Leopard Rock

Leopard Rock is a coffee shop with a lookout point overlooking the Oribi Gorge. Even if you don’t plan on dining there, it is worth a stop just to enjoy the view.

Shark diving

Protea Banks is suited to advanced divers who are looking for the big animals! If you have had your fill of reef fish, this dive site is for you… It has gained a reputation as one of the world’s top shark dives with Zambezi (Bull Shark), Tiger, Hammerhead, Blacktip, Ragged-Tooth, Bronze Whaler and if you are lucky the Great White.

Dive courses

There are many dive courses available at very affordable prices. Please contact us for more information.

The famous Sardine Run!

During the annual winter (May/June) the migration of huge shoals of sardines come in close to our shore, a phenomenon not seen elsewhere in the world. This creates a fever of excitement that cannot be equalled. Thousand upon thousands of Cape Gannet ‘bomb’ the ocean – this being the first sign that the ‘Sardine Run’ is on.

And if that’s not spectacular enough for you, around 3000 Bottlenose dolphins follow the migration of the sardines northwards into KwaZulu Natal waters!

Whale & dolphin watching

Humpback whales appear on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast every year between May and November. During the peak whale season, they pass The Spot almost daily, and all it takes is patience and an eagle eye to spot one.

Bottlenose dolphins also love playing in the surf outside The Spot, sometimes showing off to surfers in the water. During winter, we also get lucky and see pods of Common dolphins from the shore.

If you want a closer look at these marine marvels, we recommend going on a boat-based whale watching trip that launches from Shelley Beach, 20km from The Spot. A one-hour trip includes a trip out to the shark nets and heading out to the spots you’re most likely to see whales and dolphins.

Deep sea fishing

Game Species found off our shores:
Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Barracouta (King Mackerel), Snoek (Queen Mackerel), Garrick, Yellow Tail, Prodical Son, King Fish, MARLIN and SAIL FISH

Reefs

Protea Reef is 7.5km from the shore, 2km in length and 600 meters wide.
The reef is known for the huge concentration and variety of Shark Species. Most common are Hammerhead, Zambezi, Ragged Tooth, Copper, Tiger and Dusky sharks. Where there are sharks, there are fish which they are feeding on.

The reefs are inhabited by: Rockcod, Bream, Englishman, Slinger, Stumpnose, Scotsman, Musselcracker, Red Steenbras, Pink Salmon, Geelbek (Salmon) and the majority of the other Red Fish Species.

The Protea Bream is a lovely eating fish and is only found on Protea Reef.

Motorbike rentals

A range of motorbikes which include MZ Baghira 660s to Yamaha Teneres. These are on and off road bikes which are well equipped to handle any gravel path, river or the urban traffic of the South Coast.

Surf lessons

Surf lessons, sea conditions permitting, with loads of free surf advice!!

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