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Oribi Gorge

Oribi Gorge
KwaZulu-Natal

Travel Information

How to get there
Access to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve goes via Port Shepstone on the N2 in the direction of Kokstad. After about 20 kilometres, just before Paddock, turn right. The road is tarred. The gate is open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm, the park office from 8 to 12:30 and from 2 to 4:30 pm. There is a little shop with basic provisions. Tel: (039) 6791644.

Oribi ChaletAccommodation in the Restcamp
Available are a chalet with 7 beds, a couple of 2-bed huts and 5 shady campsites with electricity. TV in the communal lounge. A swimming pool is part of the camp. Swimming in the river is strictly forbidden because of Bilharzia.

Hiking Trails
Particularlly nice: The Samango Trail leads to the Samango waterfall (1,5 km, quite steep). The Hoepoe Falls Trail leads to the Hoepoe waterfalls (7 km, about 4 hours).

Oribi Gorge Restcamp
Type Max Pers. Rates pp
Chalet s/c
7
R 123
Chalet s/c
2
R 108

Camping

3
R 30
Rates per person/night. Children pay half.
Plus conservation fee of R10 per person and day.
(subject to change)

EzemveloReservations and bookings:
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
PO Box 13069, Cascades 3202,
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Tel (033) 8451000, Fax: (033) 8451001
email: info@kznwildlife.com



Schistosom
Acccommodation near Oribi Gorge

Bilharzia

Bilharzia or Schistosomiasis is transmitted by parasitic worms called Schistosomes. They are widely spread in warmer waters of the tropical and subtropical interior, where a certain watersnail specie occurs, which is used by the parasites as a host. The torpedo-shaped worm drills itself within minutes through the human skin. They spread into the liver, bladder and colon. Grown worms are 10 to 20 mm long and can live up to 15 years. They produce 3000 eggs per day which are excreted with urine and stool. Typical symptom is blood in urine and stool. If not treated for years, it can cause severe liver damage. If diagnosed, it can be cured within a few days. Generally one should not swim in any freshwater in KwaZulu-Natal. (This does not apply to the lakes and rivers in the Drakensberg highlands.)


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