In the heart of rural uMgababa area lies a few outdoor leisure activities worth exploring. Picture: supplied.
In the heart of rural uMgababa area lies a few outdoor leisure activities worth exploring. Picture: supplied.

These Durban gems are social distancing goals

By Travel Reporter Time of article published Jul 1, 2021

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In Durban and looking for social distancing friendly spots? Just 30 minutes south of Durban, in the heart of rural uMgababa area alongside the Mnini Dam, lies a few outdoor leisure activities hosted by Green Corridors and its partners.

Activities on offer include fishing, canoeing, boating, hiking and birding. There's also trails, birding, mountain biking and hiking for travellers who want to explore without panicking about the pandemic.

If you want to stay over, there are accommodation choices for overnight and mini-break stays. The two tourism sites at Mnini are Thula's Adventures and Mnini Dam Tourist Resort.

Thula's Adventures offer interesting guided walks and cycling tours around the area, including a visit to the local Sangoma. For bird-lovers, you can enjoy stunning birdwatching. For the more adventurous, there's canoeing and a spectacular walk up the Nsingizane River to a waterfall and pool, where, in hotter months, you can enjoy a swim.

They also host pop-up camps with up to eight two-man tents, a communal catering area, either fully catered or self-catered, ablutions and security. Mnini offers picnics, boat launching, fishing, birding, and hiking.

And gazebos with braai facilities and a jungle gym allow for a safe and fun space to relax. If you want, you can hire a boat or enjoy an overnight camping trip. Or, if you are not accustomed to roughing it out, check into their newly built four warmly appointed rooms with en suites.

For more information, call 031 322 6026/7.

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