22 DAYS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL ZULU KINGDOM – DAY 7
The Giba Gorge Nature Reserve is 72ha in extent and comprises predominantly scarp forest and grasslands.
There are a number of scenic walks through the reserve.
Managing Agency: eThekwini Municipality
Type: Nature Reserve
Facilities: Self-guided trails (Although there are currently no facilities available at the reserve, visitors often start walking from Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park; which offers secure parking; a restaurant and ablution facilities)
Opening Hours: 07h00 – 18h00 (Tues to Sun)
Driving Directions: Travel on the M13west from Durban to Hillcrest. Take the Hillcrest / Old Main Road off-ramp and turn right towards Hillcrest. After crossing the bridge over the M13, turn immediately left into St Helier Road. Travel on St Helier Road, keeping left under the bridge of the M13. Approximately 800m from the bridge turn left onto a gravel road, which provides entrance to the reserve.
Travel time (from central Durban): 45 minutes Phone: 031 769 1527
Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Trails – Built at the foot of a beautiful nature reserve and gorge, thick with KZN bush, Giba Gorge boasts international standard BMX track, 35km plus of single track MTB trails, licensed bar, restaurant, art gallery, fully equipped conference centre, large entertainment area for parties & functions, camp sites, bike shop, ablution and shower facilities.
Giba Gorge Horse Trails is a Horse Riding and Trail Centre in the Giba Gorge Valley. We have been doing horse trails for the past 10 years and our horses have all been specially chosen for both character and temperament. Good horses make for good rides. Our trails are exquisite and include rivers, waterfalls and an abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife. We come highly recommended. We are situated at Swallow Farm which is next door to Boot-camp S.A and close to Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, another highly recommended venue for fun activities and includes an excellent restaurant. Trails are all guided and we cater for experienced and beginner riders alike. A great experience for families, couples, schools and corporate groups. full moon rides and team building programs. Swallow Farm by the river is a great venue for picnics and parties.
Giba Café is a feel-good food outlet offering a selection of delicious breakfasts, salads, pastas, pizzas and cakes. Situated at the magnificent Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, Giba Cafe is all about feeling good in blissful surrounds. Our chefs pick fresh lettuce from the organic nursery several times a day. “From the earth to your plate” – it doesn’t get fresher than this. From our Organic Foods and Coffees, to our Freshly Extracted Fruit and Vegetable Juices, and to our Free Range Eggs being cooked on methane gas produced by our new biogas digester, Giba Cafe provides a guilt free way to relax, get fit or just feel alive.
One could easily be persuaded to stay, in which case the accommodations in the area will be to most traveler’s liking, with the likes of the lovely Clifton Country house, White House & Morgenzon Bed and Breakfast – Guests will be wowed by the colonial charm of the area, no doubt.