In the Gorge with Kloof Conservancy - Nkutu Upper Falls

2016-07-19 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedThe beautiful Nkutu Upper Falls.

PHOTO: SuppliedThe beautiful Nkutu Upper Falls.

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LAST month we introduced you to the main Kloof Falls but there are a number of other falls which are easily accessible and worth a visit. The Nkutu Upper Falls are easily accessible from the Nkutu Picnic site at the bottom of Valley Drive in Forest Hills. This picnic site is an ideal venue for a family gathering with its large lawn area and picnic spots with tree shade. It is also much quieter than the main Kloof Falls Picnic site.

To get to the falls take the path that crosses the Nkutu River at the picnic site. After crossing the river, the path heads to the right and you will be walking on the northern section of the Nkutu Gorge. In this section you are walking through KZN Sandstone Sourveld grasslands which are the most endangered biome in the eThekwini Metro Area.

After a few minutes the path turns right and you start the short descent to the bottom of the Nkutu Gorge. On the way down take note of the Rock Hyrax (Dassies) middens which are located on the ledges. Rock Hyrax are common in Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. Hyrax struggle to regulate their body-temperature so are often found basking in the sun. Strange but true, the closest living relatives of the hyraxes are the modern-day elephants!

Once at the bottom you need to do some boulder hoping upstream until you arrive at a lovely sandy beach which surrounds the pool at the bottom of the falls. Retrace your steps to return to the picnic site.

Difficulty: The path is in good condition and easily negotiated but the descent and ascent to into the Nkutu gorge and the boulder hopping make this a challenging walk not suitable for people with walking difficulties – allow a total of 1hour return

Security: Walking in the reserve is safe – normal precautions apply when walking in isolated areas.

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