Closest Town: Umhlali
Grading: Moderate | Duration: Various - from 1 hour to 4 hours
Location (Area/Province): Holiday Coast and KZN - Natal
Configuration: Various options from 7km to 35km
Start Point: Camp Shaka
Access: Private property. Day visitors by prior arrangement
Beware of: Motor vehicles, particularly when cornering around the blind bends
Facilities: Reed and thatch huts or wooden bungalows, accessible only by foot. Serviced guesthouses in commercial plantation. Swimming, rock climbing, team adventure weekends by arrangement
Cell Reception: Yes
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The cycling around here is demanding, since the only way out from Camp Shaka is up.
On your bike
For cycle tourists there is a scenic 35 km one-way cruise to Balito, initially downhill on beautifully cambered, well maintained dirt roads, followed by undulating, quiet, tarred roads all the way down to a dip in the sea. For the off-road rider there’s a 7 km jeep track down the valley, sandwiched between cane fields and gum plantation, which eventually joins up with the dirt road to Umhlali.
Off the bike
Swimming, rock-climbing. Team adventure weekends by arrangement.
Route information: Andre Martini
Address: PO Box 587, Umhlali, 4390
Telephone: (032) 947 9332 (after hours) or 083 625 4878
GPS: 29°29′26.2″S 031°12′11.0″E