Adventure travel is seeing river rafts, scuba diving gear, mountain bikes, 4X4s and binoculars coming out of mothballs to get KwaZulu-Natal’s tourism industry firing again on all cylinders.
River rafting in the ‘Berg, a safari on foot, abseiling down cliffs, diving with the sharks, turtle tracking in iSimangaliso wetland park, scuba diving, tandem skydiving, wildlife safari tours and 4X4 off-road tours is getting the adrenaline pumping again after months of being cooped up indoors.
Given that adventure activities take place in large unspoilt spaces and on off-the-beaten paths, this could act as an added advantage to the comeback of KZN’s tourism sector. At the same time, all health and hygiene protocols are in place to ensure the safety of travellers.
As part of Tourism KZN’s domestic marketing campaign aimed at taking KZN to the number one spot, TKZN has hosted some top KZN radio personalities on familiarisation trips, taking them through some of the province’s exciting adventure spots.
Endorsing that KZN is on the trajectory to take number one place as a travel destination are DJs Stacey Norman and JSbu on East Coast Radio’s Drive Show and On-Air Presenters, Thandi “Zisto” Mhlongo and Khulekani Mbambo from Gagasi FM, who were hosted in luxurious comfort in the heart of the Drakensberg.
After checking in at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, the lodge dedicated to sumptuous food and rustic luxury, Stacey and JSbu had their hearts pumping with a helicopter flip over the ‘Berg to the trout dams in Highmoor Reserve.
The area is populated by eland and there are many hiking and biking trails for those who are adventurous at heart. The resort is the base for 4X4 excursions up the Sani Pass and there is access to horse trails up the mountain to Lesotho as well as shorter horse rides around the property.
TKZN is confident that tourism will grow in leaps and bounds over the ensuing months.