Umzimkulu River Adventures, South Africa.
The secret is out and the Umzimkulu River, once the preserve of only a handful of skilled and adventurous South African kayakers, has now become one of the most popular rivers for river-running and depending on water levels is suitable for a range of craft including rafts for the inexperienced and plastics for the very experienced and highly adventurous. Not surprising when it’s the second-fastest flowing river in KwaZulu Natal and snakes through velvety green hills, the spectacular Oribi Gorge, and peaceful farmlands on its journey from the Drakensberg to Port Shepstone on the Indian Ocean.
Most commercial trips are run down the 24-kilometer Oribi Gorge stretch of the river. Intact indigenous forests still grow along the riverbanks in places and birdlife is prolific. At only a 2-hours’ drive from Durban, an Umzimkulu River Adventure is a convenient getaway and total re-boot for those in need of green-infused tranquillity.