Buffalo Gorge Eco Adventure Centre

Eco 4x4/Quad safaris, Horse safaris, Hiking, Abseiling, Rock climbing, Mountain biking, Paintball


Within easy reach of Gauteng, Buffalo Gorge offers a variety of activities and trails to suite the requirements of the outdoor enthusiast. There are four hiking trails to choose from, including a 13km day trail which passes scenic views of the Avontuur Valley. The other three trail are shorter and pass mainly through indigenous bush and forest. The accommodation is rustic and includes the option of taking your own tent along.

         
 

The camp at Buffalo Gorge is rustic but has some pleasant surprises such as a swimming pool and a kitchen tent that includes a gas stove and a fridge.

 
Sleeping and kitchen tents
 
         
 
Stone at the start of the three shorter trails
 

There are three trails that focus on the mountains that border the camp. They range from 1-2 hours in duration. The fourth trail is approximately 13km long and should take about 4-5 hours to accomplish. None of the trails can be regarded as difficult or strenuous and the only possible problem could be for those that suffer from fear of heights.

 
         
 

The 13km (white route) is well worth the rather mediocre start through flat grassland. The edge of the Avontuur Gorge is reached about half way and from then on spectacular views and rock formations go to make this trail a trail to remember.

 
 
         
 

Spine-leaved monkey orange
 

Vegetation is varied and hold some interesting surprises. There is a natural spring that bubbles to the surface close to the trail. The Spine-leaved monkey orange (Strychnos pungens) is prominent along the route.

 
         
 

Along this trail is a 50m abseiling cliff for those that would like some additional frills

 

The spring
 
         
 
 

The three shorter walks all start of by following a beautiful forested kloof for some distance before each breaking away to go in its own direction. The yellow route takes the hiker to the top of the ridge and follows it in a northerly direction.

 
         
 

Along the yellow route the trail passes another abseiling point, this time a drop of 15m.

 
 
         
 
 

The descent is steep and can be a little slippery in the rain. There are two shorter options to the yellow route.

 

Besides hiking and abseiling, Buffalo Gorge also offers horse riding, eco 4x4, rock climbing and paintball

Directions to Buffalo Gorge

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For more information, contact Ryk 013 245 1049

Visit the Buffalo Gorge website www.buffalogorge.co.za

Bookings

Jacana Marketing and Reservations

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Telephone  0861Jacana (0861 522262)

Direct phone: Port Elizabeth 041 378 1439

Pretoria: 012 803 9109

Direct fax: PE 041 378 2548

Pretoria: 012 803 4144

 PE e-mail  booking@jacanacollection.co.za

Pretoria e-mail: rosa@jacanacollection.co.za

 

 


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