Other Activities

All rates quoted are in ZAR and per person per trip, based on a group size of 1-2 people and should only be used as a guide line. Inquire about group rates and available discounts as the needs and requirements of each group is different.


Abseiling, also known as rappelling from French rappeler, ‘to recall’ or ‘to pull through’, is a controlled descent off a vertical drop, such as a rock face, using a rope. Wikipedia
Abseiling, also known as rappelling, has become an adventure activity in its own right. It is used by rock climbers to get down the cliffs they just climbed.
Abseiling is basically taking the easiest part and by far the most fun part of rock climbing – the descent, and turning it into a fun activity.
Although abseiling has become very commercialized and for the normal person it has been stripped down to something very simple; however there is a bit more to abseiling than just lowering yourself safely down on a rope. You will be wearing a harness, clipped onto the rope with a descending device, and then lower yourself down the cliff face by walking backwards, supported by the rope. Safety is paramount and you will be belayed at all times, which means that no matter what, nothing bad can really happen and you can always be lowered by the guide.

We currently offer two abseiling option at the moment that caters for the inexperienced to the bit more adventurous at heart.

ZAR500 per person – this includes all equipment needed for the activity

Price Includes:

Guiding fee

Basic first aid kit

Rescue levies

Entrance fees

Gear needed for the activity

Price excludes:

Transport to and from the start of the activity/hike

Accommodation before and after the activity/hike

All food for the trip (unless specified otherwise)

Travel and medical insurance

Personal clothing, raingear and footwear


Mt. Gilboa (Karkloof Valley)

Mt Gilboa at 1768.9 masl, is the highest in the Midlands between the Drakensberg and the ocean and standing on the top will give you a view from Royal Natal to pass Giants Castle and into the southern Drakensberg. It is said that the glow of the greater Durban area can be seen from the top on a clear night.
We have not only access to Mt Gilboa but also to day walks through some spectacular indigenous forests where we visit the top of Grey Mares Tail Falls with over 100m drop, or bottom of the falls where you can walk right up to base and stand in the ice cold spray . The forests is a bird watchers paradise as the Knysna Turaco (Loerie) and the Crested Guiney Fowl, can be found here and a number of Samango Monkeys call this home. Either one of these walks will be a experience never to be forgotten.
All walks start and finishes at Shawswood and Stonehaven Cottage and there is also ablution facilities available to freshen up or even have a bit of a braai after the walk.

Day walks up to Mt. Gilboa or to the top of bottom of the falls starts from – R450-00 per person.
Included: Entrance fees, guide and first aid kit.
Excluded: All snacks and drinks, personal gear and equipment, personal medication and footwear.
A suggest list of equipment to bring with can be found here.

An overnight option is available and starts at R1950-00 per person and suitable for the whole family or for first time hikers wanting to experience hiking and camping but not quite yet ready to “rough it” in a tent. Accommodation is in rustic repurposed stables or depending on availability and size of the group additional rooms with bunk beds are available. Ablutions are a shared block and for smaller groups a shared gas shower block is available. The dining hall and kitchen is the old workshop and has a cozy fire place where loads of “tall stories” has been shared.
Included: Entrance and accommodation fees including bedding, supper, breakfast and a light lunch on the last day, guide fees and first aid kit.
Excluded: A light meal for the first day, all alcoholic drinks and snacks, personal medication and footwear.
A suggest list of equipment to bring with can be found here.

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