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Adventure in Durban: Zipline, Quad Bike, Bunjee Swing Amid Scenic Landscapes of Oribo Gorge, Lake Eland 

Zipline, quad bike, bunjee… Experience heart-pounding excitement, immerse in breathtaking scenery at Durban’s Oribi Gorge and Lake Eland.

In the heart of Durban, South Africa, amid vast greenery and scenic views, lie so many places packed with activities perfect for long time adventure seekers and first time adventurers alike to get their adrenaline kick, or to let loose by participating in thrilling adventures.

One of such places which is nestled in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa, is Oribi Gorge, a nature made wonder that is well known for it’s breathtaking scenery and its heart pounding outdoor activities.

Oribi Gorge which derived its name from a specie of small antelopes that once dwelled largely in the area, was carved over millions of years by the Umzimkulwana River. The gorge stretches approximately 27 kilometres (17 miles) long and up to 400 meters (1,312 feet) deep.

The Gorge creates a stunning backdrop for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike as it boasts a rich array of flora and fauna, including indigenous forests, grasslands, and unique bird species.

Those who visit Oribi Gorge can immerse themselves in several thrilling outdoor activities, as several businesses here offer quad biking across scenic trails, white water rafting with views of a waterfall, walking across a high suspension bridge that overlooks the beauty of the gorge, or engaging in a game of paintball with several challenging obstacle courses.

For the courageous ones, Oribi Gorge boasts of the Oribi Gorge Swing in which one swings off the edge of Lehr’s Falls from what is rated as the world’s highest gorge swing, plummeting into the 55-storey deep gorge and accelerating up to the astounding speed of 120km/hour until you swing across the gorge, with the sound of rushing water and birds around you amidst the beautiful vegetation and rock formations.

Also showcasing the beauty of the Oribi Gorge is Lake Eland, which is not only renowned for its stunning natural beauty but also for offering one of the most exhilarating zip-lining experiences in the region.

The zip-lining adventure at Lake Eland provides thrill-seekers with the opportunity to soar through the sky, suspended high above the gorge’s breathtaking landscapes. The course features a series of platforms strategically positioned along the gorge, connected by long cables, allowing participants to glide effortlessly from one platform to the next.

As adventurers strap into their harnesses and prepare for take-off, anticipation builds, fuelled by the sheer excitement of flying through the air with the wind rushing past and the spectacular scenery unfolding below. 

From dizzying heights, participants zip across the gorge, marvelling at the sheer cliffs, dense forests, and cascading waterfalls that characterise this natural wonder.

Each zipline offers a unique perspective of Lake Eland and its surroundings, providing an unparalleled bird’s-eye view of the gorge’s rugged terrain and diverse ecosystems. Whether it’s the adrenaline-pumping rush of racing through the air or the serene beauty of the natural landscape, the ziplining experience at Lake Eland promises an unforgettable adventure for all who dare to take the plunge.

Beyond its outdoor adventures, Oribi Gorge also holds cultural significance, with traces of early human habitation dating back thousands of years.

 Rock art sites provide glimpses into the lives of the region’s indigenous inhabitants, offering a fascinating glimpse into South Africa’s rich cultural heritage.

Ozioma Samuel-Ugwuezi

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