The newest of @greencorridors purpose projects, we are so excited that we get to be the first to try out this new spot. Offering hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, eco-education & even an overnight rural home stay, the venture is led locally by @thulas.luthuli whose passion and excitement for this project is tangible.
🥳Fun factor: we had a fantastic time with Thulas trekking through tropical forest, wild bush, exploring newly built trails, and navigating our way through a beautiful bouldered river to the most magical cave and waterfall.
🏋🏾♀️Fitness level: beg – intermediate. A 6km route one way, this is a combination of a hike and village walk, with some exciting rock jumping as you make your way through the river to the cave. The rocks may be tricky for some, but the views are worth it.
👧🏾 Suitability for kids: although we went with a 5yo trooper, we’d probably recommended a min age of 7yo. Our trooper made it to the end but not without being carried some of the way.
💸Cost: R400pp includes hike, canoe adventure and shuttle from Green Hub to Umgababa. Alternatively, contact @greencorridors for a customised experience & package.
🤩 What we loved most:
– Navigating over rocks in the full flowing river to the magical cave was the definite highlight of this hike. You spend a lot of time here and it does require mobility (and shoes with good grip). It was beautiful, a little tricky but a whole lot of fun.
– We definitely also appreciate the fact that this venue is so pristine and largely “unspoilt” . Much of the route is not manicured and still in its natural state which felt just right.
🚦 What you need to know: bring more than 750ml if water. We ran out before we got to the cave!
In short: we are so excited for the launch of Umgababa Adventures and can’t wait to come back with friends when it opens!