eNanda - Rasta Caves and Umzinyathi Falls Tour

Durban

Activity Description

No trip to Durban would be complete without taking in the breath-taking views and unique culture of wild Inanda. Experience both, with a 2-hour guided walk to the impressive gorge and pristine valley vegetation that surround the uMzinyathi Waterfall. And just when you think you have seen it all, the steep gorge opens into a sacred cliff-face cave, a spiritual home still used by local Rastafarians. Here you will learn about the Rastafarian people, their religion as well as view the Rastafarian temple, caves and rock houses as well as ancient Ethiopian writings.

Arrangements

ProviderGreen Corridors NPC
Duration2 hours
WhenAll year round
WhereeNanda Dam
WeatherNot recommended in rainy weather.
What to WearGuests should wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes and clothes,.
Things to BringGuests can bring a pair of sunglasses, binoculars and hat.
Guests or SpectatorsThe scenic Inanda Dam is located only 30 minutes drive from Durban North. GPS Location 29° 41.500′S 30° 53.353′E Directions for eNanda Adventure Park: Directions by car From Durban Central. 1. Travel out of the city on the N3 highway towards PIETERMARITZBURG 2. At the N2 interchange, take the N2 North towards STANGER/KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. 3. After 6km take EXIT 177 for R102/KWAMASHU HIGHWAY. 4. At the intersection turn LEFT onto the R102/KWAMASHU HIGHWAY towards INANDA. 5. Stay on R102 for 12.5km until you come to a roundabout, here take the right exit onto the M25. 6. Take your first major tar road to the LEFT after 600m, signposted Umzinyathi Falls. 7. Proceed for almost 2km, cross the bridge over the small river turn LEFT onto the Mr259 Rd. 8. Keep on the Mr259 for approximately 2.5km whereupon you’ll reach the trail center on your right hand side. From Hillcrest 1. Take Inanda Rd towards Waterfall. 2. Turn left at the traffic lights into Ngwele Rd/ M259. 3. Drop all the way down into the valley until you reach a four way tar crossing and turn right into Wushwini Rd towards the dam wall. 4. Proceed over the bridge below the dam wall, onto the dirt road and on to our centre 4 kilometers along the dirt road on the left.

Requirements

Minimum Age6 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsGuide
ExclusionsFood and Beverages

Notes

You will meet and pick up your Guide at the eNanda Adventure Park- he will then ride with you in your vehicle to the falls for the start of the tour. The path down to the Rasta caves is rocky and when it rains it can be slippery. It is advised you wear proper hiking shoes, the distance however is only about 300m. At arrival you will learn about the Rastafarian people, their religion as well as view the Rastafarian temple, caves and rock houses (which they live in) as well as ancient Ethiopian writing.

Customer Reviews

It was a very bad experience for me...I came all the way from Cape Town to see that. I was never told its a self drive tour when I booked it. And I have asked about it, the lady told me they take one to the caves. So I paid R200 with Uber to get there just to hear that there is no vehicle or guide that can take me there. Eventually the guide were there, but no transport and as I was just a tourist wanting to see the caves...I ddnt have a car with me....So I paid for the Groupon voucher to go the caves and paid Uber to get there to the Umgeni River Park as thats where they told me to meet them...But I NEVER saw it...I am VERY dissapointed and have waisted alot of money to go there and not get my experience... - Lynette Dauth


Hi there, I was dealing with Jenny via email and it was going great, I really enjoyed her email presence. Until the day of our booking when everything went terribly wrong. I emailed Jenny to let her know but she just didn't get back to me after that. It was drizzling every so slightly on the day and we weren't sure if the booking would still go on, so we tried to call and there was no answer, we called every one of your numbers on the website as well as emailed..we spent the entire morning doing this but there was so answer. We managed to get through to one african gentleman who had no idea if whether the tour would continue or not. Below are the emails I sent Jenny(keeping in mind that I sent it at the time with a slightly hot head after having gone through all this.) Like I said, I recieved no reply from her. And we still have not done the tour yet :( "We ended up driving all the way there. An hour and a half drive. And we were told it wasn't safe to do the walk. It was only slightly drizzling. My husband was so upset. We tried calling every number you guys have, even cell numbers. They either didn't work or just kept ringing. This is so unprofessional guys! ! I have family coming from overseas this Dec and we really wanted to book a whole lot of stuff with you guys. So disappointed as I purchased this for hubbys bday. If it was slippery and unsafe then you guys should've made some sort of plan to get hold of your clients to notify us that we cannot do the walk. I can't understand how you let people drive all the way there and only let them know when they arrive. We had to drive all the way to Umdloti beforehand in order to drop our baby off with my mother to babysit. Then drive all the way to your facility, only to be told we couldn't participate, and then had to drive all the way back to umdloti, then back to our home in Gillitts. We were on the road the entire day and accomplished nothing, only spent a fortune on petrol! I'm usually very nice and don't normally complain, but this is ridiculous. We also run a business and are fully aware of what it takes to liaise with clients and how to handle situations professionally, and we're just appalled at how this was dealt with. I can only hope that this was an isolated case, and we were just the unfortunate ones who had to be put through this. - natalie


Our hiking club again really enjoyed our enada hiking experience. As promised our guide and car guard met us at Umzinyathi Falls at the prearranged time. Our guide was knowlegeable and shared local information with all our hikers. At the rasta caves we enjoyed an interesting talk from a senior rasta, mostly on captivating spritual issues. Clearly this meeting was also was prearranged. As always the hike to the base of the waterfall was rugged although the path was clear. From there the path a little overgrown as we trundled the cirular route back to the cliff tops. After the views we drove to Inanda dam Adventure centre, to enjoy these vistas where some refrehments would have been welcome. All the hikers enjoyed the hike and the only real negative was the piles of litter and rubbish at the waterfall which whould be a huge tourist attraction. All enjoyed the company of our guide. We might conisder a new hike from Inanda advenure centre 4km along the foreshore of the dam and then return along the mountain bike trail to show hikers just why we have water restrictions. All conidered that was a great day out hiking. - David


Our guides were very friendly and accomodating. The tour was nice and the rastafarians were friendly. It was rather short though... - Melanie Hew


We had a very interesting day which provided a lot of little- known information to us. Our guide(unfortunately I have forgotten his name) was informative. The day was very unstructured, which was ok by us, but maybe the procedure at the centre in the beginning could have been more formal(I think the office guys did not pitch timeously) Also as a suggestion, maybe a walking tour from the centre could have been incorporated. However, overall the tour was good value, and presented areas of our beautiful city of Durban that we, as long time residents were not aware of, but were most surprised and delighted at. The Umzinyathi falls were spectacular and the Rastas very interesting. - Paul Letang




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