Oribi Gorge is 50km inland from Pumula Surf Camp (about an hour drive and well worth it) 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.
Pumula Surf Camp offers tours up to Lake Eland please inquire for rates
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 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.
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.
Ocean View beach rides
Ride along the beach at this incredible location, the start of the Wild Coast, pristine beach, totally unspoilt, simply stunning
Clearwater Bike and Hiking Trails, Umtumvuna Gorge
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 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. Lake Eland is 57km inland from Pumula Surf Camp (about an hour drive and well worth it)
We offer guests a tour up to The Reserve, please inquire for rates
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.
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 along the coastline almost daily, and all it takes is patience and an eagle eye to spot one.
Bottlenose dolphins also love playing in the surf, 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, 30km from Pumula Surf Camp. 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
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.
Protea Reef dives are for experienced divers only
Aliwal Shoal is about a 45min drive from Pumula Surf Camp, voted as one of the best reefs in the world, there is plenty to see.
PUMULA SURF CAMP OFFERS TOURS TO ALL THESE PLACES AND MANY MORE, PLEASE INQUIRE FOR ALL OUR RATES FOR HALF OR FULL DAY TOURS