River and Rock

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 freed to arrange these activities the way you like it.

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Description of Itinerary:

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 are included.

Day 2 – White water rafting

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 are included.

Day 3 – Abseil Cathedral Peak

Make your way to Cathedral Peak in the beautiful Central Drakensberg. This is truly a breathtaking abseil with fantastic views of the Cathedral Range. An almost 45m overhanging descent. 

Region: Central Drakenberg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Duration: 3 days.

When to go: Best during high summer (October-March). Winter months (April-September) are also suitable, but river activities will not then 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 information: 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.

Points of interest:


Sterkfontein Dam, Oliviershoek Pass, Kerkenberg, Kaalvoetvrou Monument, Verkykerskop, Hound & Hair Pub, Tugela/Vaal Pump scheme.


Tower of Pizza, Royal Natal National Park, Battle of Spioenkop, Spioenkop Nature Reserve, Bigelela B&B Restaurant.


Didima Hotel, Cathedral Peak Hotel, Drakensberg Mountains.


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