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2016-07-12 06:05
Krantzkloof Nature reserve. Photo: supplied

Krantzkloof Nature reserve. Photo: supplied

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Krantzkloof Nature reserve

SITUATED in the heart of the Upper Highway area is the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

It is the spectacular meeting place of two river gorges, the Molweni and Nkutu. Situated only 4 kilometres from the centre of Kloof, this reserve was established by the Natal Parks Board in 1950 and is now managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

Most of the reserve’s 584 hectares is covered by dense forest and vegetation and is a fine example of coastal forest and grasslands. It affords spectacular views across the well forested gorge cut by the Molweni River.

The Reserve boasts an abundance of wildlife, including zebra, bushbuck, blue, red and grey duiker, vervet monkey, rock hyrax, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, Egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose, water monitor and genet.

Giba Gorge

The trails at Giba Gorge are a must if you love mountain biking.

Giba Gorge is a network of trails that traverse the valley in both directions with many link ups allowing a rider to flow from one trail into another. This allows you to create a different riding experience each time you hit the trails. If you ride all the marked trails without deviating you will clock up around 35km, but if you add in the many ‘link up’ trails you can extend this distance.

All the trails (apart from one) offer a variety of technical aspects and you can expect, rocks, roots, drops and tight switch backs.

The Routes

· The Purple Route is perfect for kids and first timers, and it is this trail where many a new biker starts out.

· From here I would suggest the Green Route which allows for easier climbs and long flowing fun filled descents.

· After this is the Blue Route, which is also the longest trail with the steepest climbs and tightest switchbacks, and is a really good training loop.

· After this we have two advanced trails; The Downhill & the Enduro and these are short in distance but require advanced riding skills and are suited to bikes with more travel in their front shocks.

The BMX track at Giba Gorge was flattened and rebuilt as a combo track, comprising a BMX challenge class and Supercross track.

This allows for all junior and beginner riders to still train and ride on a standard size BMX track. The track is built to UCI standards with the intention of being able to offer riders the ability to train at a world class level.

For more information, call 031 769 1527 / 031 769 1419.

PheZulu Crocodile and Snake Park

PheZulu Safari Park boasts a crocodile and snake park offering guests interesting tours led by knowledgeable guides.

Learn fascinating facts about fearsome crocodiles and snakes, meet ‘Junior’ their 102-year-old Nile crocodile and have a hands-on experience with Cleo, their lovely Burmese python who weighs in at 42 kilograms and is 3.2 metres long.

Don’t miss the chance of ogling many snake species including African rock pythons, green and black mambas, boomslang, vine snakes, puff adders, spitting cobras, rinkhals, forest cobras, Egyptian cobras, bush snakes, night adders, spotted house snakes, southern brown egg eaters, olive house snakes, Burmese pythons, anacondas and boa constrictors.

For more information, call 031 777 1000

Old Main Road, Botha’s Hill, Valley of 1000 Hills, KwaZulu-Natal.

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