New nature trail for Port Shepstone

2015-11-04 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Completing the trail (from left) Jimmy Naicker, Seema Rampersadh, Raj Naganna and Ranjith Singh.

PHOTO: supplied Completing the trail (from left) Jimmy Naicker, Seema Rampersadh, Raj Naganna and Ranjith Singh.

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A LOCAL athlete has been working hard to develop a nature trail in the Band Farm area, near Port Shepstone. Raj Naganna, a keen member of the Umbango River Conservancy, devoted months of his time to the project.

The Tendele Trail Run and Hiking Trail is a 10-kilometre stretch of beautiful views, gorges, mountains and the Umzimkulu and Umzimkuluwana rivers.

“The trail caters for runners, hikers and strollers. On a trial run, a seven-year-old was able to complete the hike,” said the conservancy’s Morgan Naidoo.

He added that much thought had gone into its design.

The trail commences at Illovo Sugar Mill car park and continues along the mill and the Umzimkulu River on a corrugated road up to the Ugu pump house.

“Along this section of the hike, the hiker or runner will be greeted with beautiful views of the Umzimkulu River,” he said.

At the pump house, the trail leads into a lush indigenous forest with a steep climb of 800 metres.

The hiker has an option to divert for approximately 80 metres to a spectacular view point.

The climb, also through grasslands, is clear and well marked out.

“After the steep climb, a corrugated road takes you along the new Ugu dam and Kulu Crete and back to the Illovo Sugar Mill,” said Naidoo.

The conservancy thanks Naganna, Illovo Sugar Mill and Ronnie Nair for their assistance in making this trail possible.

The conservancy urges runners, hikers and nature lovers to be part of the launch, which will be advertised in November.

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