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Oribi Gorge
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Earth's Natural Wonders in Africa

  

The scenery along the gorge formed by the Umzimkulwana River is a photographer's and nature lover's paradise. There are numerous idyllic picnic spots on the banks of the river. Be advised, though and do not swim or paddle in the river because of the risk of contracting bilharzia.[4]

 

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Oribi Gorge [1]

 


Oribi Gorge is situated along the spectacular forest-cloaked ravine of the Mzimkulwana river just west of Port Shepstone which itself is 120 km south of Durban. Oribi Gorge is the eastern gorge of two gorges that cuts through the Oribi Flats (flat sugarcane farmlands), southern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The western gorge was formed by the Mzimkulu river. At the base of the cliffs of both gorges there are rocks over 1000 million years old while the cliffs themselves are formed from sandstone deposited about 365 million years ago. Below the gorges is a large surface mine producing cement. [2]

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve
Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is situated in the Oribi Gorge, which is approximately 27 km long, 4 km wide (widest point) and 400 m deep. In 1950 it was proclaimed a protected state forest. [2]

A photographer's paradise, this little Eden encompasses forests, rivers, rapids and huge ravines. High sandstone cliffs dominate this 24km long gorge carved out by the Umzimkulwana River. Leopards, troops of baboons, various small antelope and a prolific bird life, including five species of kingfisher and seven species of eagle inhabit the reserve. There are several nature trails for the adventurous. [3]

The Wild Gorge swing is an awesome experience that leaves you breathless but exhilarated. Situated at the top of Lehrs falls, it is the highest swing in the world. One steps or jumps off the waterfall to swing into the depths of the gorge in a 100m (33 Storeys) arc.

  zottelmf
October 30, 2006

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References
 
1 Flickr- Oribi Gorge -Creative Commons Attribution License-retrieved 9/27/2009
2.Wikipedia-Oribi Gorge-retrieved 9/27/2009
3.Isango-retrieved 9/27/2009
4. Oribi Nature Preserve-retrieved 9/27/2009
 
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