A WATERFALL in the Mkambati Nature Reserve plunges towards unspoiled Wild Coast beaches. Although the proposed mining operation is located just outside the reserve, several river estuaries in the area are near-pristine – and there are fears that if Xolobeni goes ahead, it is just a matter of time before other parts of the coast are mined.

KwaZulu-Natal - A German tourist’s weekend hike went from carefree amble to helicopter scramble when he fell eight metres off a cliff on the Wild Coast on Saturday.

Heribert Shropp was with a tour group about 9km north of Mbotyi at Waterfall Bluff, when he lost his footing.

Tour guide

Edgar Pogulis said they were on a day hike to see rock formations and waterfalls.

“There was a rock overhang, and Heribert hit his head... then slipped and fell.”

A joint operation was launched between the Mountain Club of South Africa, the South African Air Force’s 15 Squadron, the SAPS Search and Rescue unit and private paramedics.

A helicopter flew the 71-year-old to St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban.

Shropp has a broken leg and ribs and lacerations to his head. - The Mercury