ACTIVITIES

THRILLS AND ADVENTURES AT SHONGWENI DAM AND GAME RESERVE

From abseiling to bat-watching, from buffalo-viewing to rock climbing, you can be as active or as relaxed as you wish at Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve . . .

Boating, canoeing and watersports: With 51 hectares of water surface, Shongweni Dam offers you plenty of scope for sailing. Canoeing is a firm favourite here and canoes are available for hire from the Umzinyathi Canoe Club. Only non-motorised boats, or those with electric (sneaker) motors, are allowed on Shongweni Dam.

Fishing: Shongweni Dam is stocked with bass, barbel (catfish), tilapia and carp. Regulars here all have their favourite fishing spots - see if you can pick up any tips.

Picnicking: Our large and varied game reserve offers plenty of picnicking options. There are lofty lookout sites across the reserve and at weekends access is opened to spots near the historic dam wall, built in the 1920s. You’ll be back again and again to try out your options!

Game drives: Combine the excitement of sighting rhino, giraffe, warthog and waterbuck, as well as the fun of enjoying your picnic in the middle of the bush on one of our game drives.

Trails: Choose between a self-guided walking trail that concentrates on Shongweni Game Reserve’s fascinating flora, birds and smaller mammals or our self-guided driving trail, which takes you through the valley floor among the wildebeest, buffalo, impala, giraffe and white rhino. Remember to watch the steep valley sides for kudu and klipspringer and to look in shady damp spots for reedbuck, waterbuck and bushbuck.

Birding and bats: From sunbirds to the Narina Trogon and from cormorants to the crowned eagle, you can enjoy trying to spot more than 260 different birds at Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve, thanks to the reserve’s varied terrain. Interesting colonies of bats also make their home in the old dam wall – access to this area must be restricted for safety reasons but once a year, the Durban Bat Interest Group leads a Bat Safari here.

Rock-climbing: Climbing enthusiasts can enjoy the thrill of world-renowned climbs at Shongweni’s dramatic sandstone cliffs. Or for an adrenalin surge of another kind, tackle the dam wall and be rewarded by a stunning view of the whole game reserve at the top.

DID YOU KNOW?

The name Shongweni comes from iTshongweni, meaning “column of smoke”, after the spray at the Ugede waterfall.

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