|Brief summary of venue||A visit to the White Umfolozi River offers numerous attractions, including over 100 sport and 150 trad routes ranging from grade 8 to 27 on superb rock; swimming and fishing in the river; lounging on the river’s extensive sand banks; an amazing diversity of bird and plant life and a scenic gorge – an ideal family venue.|
|Permit/ permission info||For bookings, contact the land owner, Mr Gerhard Greef on 082 494 4943 or 035 450 2332 (W).|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||Four and half to five hours.|
|Parking information||Safe parking is available next to the huts; a full time caretaker keeps an eye on things.|
|Info on walk in||The walk-in takes less than 5 minutes, and is extremely easy.|
|Accommodation||Accommodation consists either of camping - there are level spots to pitch 4 or 5 tents and a large sun deck which can accommodate many more; or a choice of two huts, one with 5 beds and the other with two. The owner currently charges R50 per person per night.|
|Availability of water for drinking||Water is available on tap and for the toilet and solar heated shower. However, you must bring your own drinking water or ask the owner to supply a container of drinking water when booking.|
|Climbing route guide||Gavin Peckham has developed a climbing route guide for the White Umfolozi, Tel: 035 792 4543(H), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Climbing information||Climbing is on the cliffs of the White Umfolozi River, currently there are over 100 sport and 150 trad climbs. Grades range from 8 to 27 with the majority of routes in the 15 to 21 range. Climbs are between 5 and 45 metres long, with most averaging between 15 and 20 metres, so a 50 metre rope is long enough. Because of the different aspects of the various crags you can always find routes in the sun or in the shade as required.|
|Child friendly||Extremely child friendly venue, but parental supervision is required for little ones that can’t swim.|
|Swimming||Yes, there is a large deep pool at all times of the year.|
|Camp fires||Yes at campsite.|
|Other attractions||There is a huge diversity of bird and plant life, as well as quite a few mammal and reptile species. There are also good hikes through the bush or down the river. Fishing is also possible; the river has Catfish and Yellowfish, though they are generally on the small side.|
|Dangers||It is probably best to keep wallets, cell phones, etc locked away out of sight to avoid temptation, but the caretaker keeps an eye on things and wards off trespassers.|
|Contacts||For bookings contact the landowner: Mr Gerhard Greef on 082 494 4943 or 035 450 2332 (W). For copies of the White Umfolozi climbing route guide, contact Gavin Peckham, Tel: 035 792 4543(H) or Email:email@example.com|
We are all aware how Public Health guidelines have urged the public to 'flatten the curve' of the COVID-19 virus, and our President's announcement of lockdown is a welcomed show of courageous leadership that South Africa needs at this time.
The Mountain Club of SA's Search and Rescue teams support this approach categorically.
WE URGE THE PUBLIC:
1) If engaging in some last minute pursuits this week, please engage in ultra-low-risk activities only. Please also respect closures already in place by SAN Parks and Ezemvelo.
2) Please respect the lockdown unconditionally.
Because it is the right thing to do.
...and accidents do happen, no matter how expert you think you may be.
The MCSA's search and rescue team make themselves available because we believe in the value of responsible enjoyment of the wilderness, and in supporting our outdoor colleagues and community.
Where life and limb is at stake, our members may still come to your aid.
HOWEVER, during this crisis:
- Healthcare infrastructure must be reserved for only the most critical, necessary cases.
- Your own exposure to the virus will be significantly higher while being rescued and receiving healthcare.
- Our search and rescue volunteers are not 'essential healthcare workers'. Don't be selfish!
If our members must respond to a call-out during the lockdown period, they invalidate their and their family's quarantine activities during this critical time and that may have an impact on their ability to return to work.
- S&R response may in fact be limited - our approach to incident management will be to coach and support self-rescue, or to send minimum-team responses.
We look forward to a time soon where we can all enjoy our wilderness and natural areas together, assured of the safety and well being of our loved ones at home.
MCSA Search & Rescue