Core Activity:Water paddling, mountain walking and rock climbing.
Duration:2 to 4 days
Budget:R2000-R5000 per person depending on method of travel, accommodation type (camping vs. hotels) and duration of outing (e.g. you might choose to climb three days and not one day).
When to Go:Best during high summer (October to March). Winter months (April to September) are also suitable but river activities will not be included (off-season).
Itinerary Rating:Moderate. Children younger than eight years of age will not be permitted to take part in white water activities.
Other:No experience needed and all you really need is to bring active wear. Since it is mountainous environment always bring cold weather gear. Depending on the length of your outing, catering arrangements will be made. No off-road vehicles are needed. Depending on your choice of accommodation we will recommend and coordinate travel and accommodation arrangements.
Other Activities:Water paddling, mountain walking and rock climbing.
Points Of Interest:DAY 1: Sterkfontein Dam, Oliviershoek Pass, Kerkenberg, Kaalvoetvrou Monument, Verkykerskop, Hound and Hare Pub and Tugela/Vaal Pump scheme.
DAY 2: Tower of Pizza, Royal Natal National Park, Battle of Spioenkop, Spioenkop Nature Reserve, Bigelela B&B Restaurant.
DAY 3: Didima Hotel, Cathedral Peak Hotel, Drakensberg Mountains.
● Tugela Rapids: www.tugelarapids.co.za.
● Tugela River Lodge: www.tugelariverlodge.co.za.
● Emseni Camp: www.suis.co.za/website_emseni.
● Mnweni Cultural Centre: www.mnweni.org.
● Royal Natal: www.kznwildlife.com/index.php?/Royal-Natal-National-Park.html.
● Didima: www.kznwildlife.com/index.php?/Didima-Resort.html.
● Spioenkop Nature Reserve: www.kznwildlife.com/index.php?/Spioenkop-Game-Reserve-Overview.html.
● Sterkfontein Nature Reserve: www.southafrica-travel.net/kalahari/e6ofs05.htm.
● Rolling M Ranch: www.rollinmranch.co.za/site/default.asp.
About Itchyfeet SA:
We know you’ve always been itching to look cool on real rock, to test your toughness on proper white water or to personally experience the Drakensberg. Well, here you will find all of it! You can expect paddling, climbing and hiking some of South Africa’s best, with legal and professional guiding, skills development, improved knowledge and of course, fun! This is your chance!
Itchyfeet is all about paddling white water, climbing rock and hiking the Drakensberg. Whether you are looking for river, rock or mountain knowledge, skills development, some adventure on your breakaway or just plain fun, Itchyfeet makes use of a variety of opportunities, teaching styles and methods to fulfil your needs. We cater for all levels of skill and experience. It does not matter if you are an expert or a complete novice. It is our mission to provide authentic experiences leaving you refreshed, informed, exhilarated and inspired. The white water you will be paddling is proper, testing your nerve and skill. Where else than the Tugela River? Climbing is real, on real rock, with real chalk on your hands, with real rubber on your feet and you are in charge of the belay. If we cannot offer it on these terms we wouldn’t bother in the first place. And how can you top the Drakensberg? The name says it all! Big, beautiful, spectacular, wild and rugged!
Itchyfeet operates in the uThukela District, around the towns of Ladysmith, Winterton and Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal. The man behind Itchyfeet is Dr Gustav Greffrath (PhD Recreation). In his doctoral thesis the adventure experiential learning (AEL) methodology was put to the test by comparing an expedition-based wilderness programme with a centre-based adventure programme. His findings led to the conclusion that this methodology (AEL) is extremely effective in reaching personal and group-related outcomes, regardless of what the AEL programme or its outdoor setting is. He grew up in Ladysmith and spent most of his time in and around the Central and Northern Drakensberg. Complementing his academic background, Gustav is also:
-A registered adventure guide with the National Department of Tourism (KZN 1549)
-THETA-accredited (613/L/083168/2010) for single-pitch rock climbing and abseil supervising
-THETA and APA (African Paddling Association) accredited for whitewater trip leading
-MDT (Mountain Development and Training Trust) accredited for advanced mountain walking leadership
-Chairman of the African Paddling Association
Future aspirations include creating river, rock and mountain interventions suitable for the enhancement of personal and group-related outcomes.
A three-day “rock and river” expedition with guide. The itinerary comprises of a mixture of white water paddling, mountain walking and rock climbing in the Drakensberg, Tugela River and Harrismith regions.
This is a three day outing starting on the rock around the town of Harrismith. Then for some Tugela white water on day two and then a beautiful abseil in the Cathedral Peak area of the Drakensberg on day three. Remember this is just one version of it. Feel totally free to arrange these activities the way you like it.
Day 1 – Rock Climb:
The rendezvous point is usually in the area of Harrismith or Van Reenen. This is where the climbing areas are. Rock climb either at Swinburne or Eagle Mountain or both. Camp or stay over in chalets with very well maintained facilities. Climbing is mostly sport climbing and grading/difficulty ranges from complete novice to expert. All equipment and guiding included.
Day 2 – White Water Raft:
From Harrismith take the N3 Toll Route and make your way down Van Reenen’s Pass. Proceed to Tugela Rapids Lodge next to the Tugela River, your rustic but comfortable base for the rafting session. This is true farm style! Run rapids ranging up to Class 3+. No experience needed. Fun, continuous and challenging. Your accommodation at Tugela Rapids Lodge, equipment, guiding, a light lunch and transport is included.
Day 3 – Abseil Cathedral Peak:
Make your way to Cathedral Peak in the beautiful Central Drakensberg. This is truly a very pretty abseil with fantastic views of the Cathedral Range. An almost 45m overhanging descent.