Located on beautiful farmlands, overlooking the Umtamvuma River Gorge and Nature Reserve on the South Coast of KZN, you`ll discover Clearwater Cabins & Trails Centre
which boasts some of the most exciting marked and guided mountain bike trails in South Africa
Accomodation at Clearwater Cabins & Trails Centre:
The two timber hut units area set amongst the trees provide guests with rustic, comfortable self-catering accommodation at affordable prices. Ablution facilities have hot showers and the premises is secure.
Unit consist of two bedrooms, either a double bed or with single beds, sleeping a max of 6 persons in each unit. Between the two rooms is a covered sitting area, with an outdoor toilet / shower and kitchenette set between the two rooms.
The kitchenette is equipped with cutlery, crockery, pots, pans and basic cooking utensils. Included is an electric fridge / freezer, kettle and toaster. Cooking and water heating is on gas.
The rooms are basically furnished with bedding and bath towels provided. Each room has a plug point and in general the unit provides the feel of camping without having to pitch a tent. The bathroom and kitchenette are set between the bedrooms and lead into the middle veranda area with the rooms on either side. The rooms themselves have their own veranda and provide a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the gorge view and forest surrounding the cabin.
Their layout is somewhat unique though they have provided many a intrepid over nighter a wonderful experience incomparable to staying boxed into a concrete building without a sense of where you are.
Activities at Clearwater Cabins & Trails Centre:
Mountain Bike Trails - Quality mountain bike rentals, storage, basic maintenance and bike washing service makes riding convenient for our guests. Landrover and bike trailer for safe transport for riders and bikes.
Braai facilities at the units + a cafe/restaurant a few steps away for breakfasts, lunches, teas and take-away dinners by arrangement. The cafe has a small kids play area and beyond the gates are the mountain biking /walking trails, bass fishing and boardwalk with gorge viewing deck make Clearwater ideal for the whole family. Bike hire is available for use on the marked and guided trails only, by arrangement.
Hiking - Take advantage as a Clearwater guest and enjoy access to stunning hiking trails. The Umtamvuna Nature Reserve covers 3257 hectares and lies along 25 km of the Umtamvuna River.
The reserve has a number of trails to suit all levels of fitness through forest and along the krantz of the gorge. The 8 km Fish Eagle trail passes close in front of the cabins and is ideal for cross-country training with its descent of 240 metres to the Umtamvuna River.
Birding - Reference books, bird lists, the established indigenous garden and a natural bird bath within in view from the veranda are some of the ways of making your birding experience a rewarding one.
Join us on a social walk (during season) around the bird-rich wetlands and forested areas of the farm. The bird count is at 259 species including the Fish Eagle and Trumpeter Hornbill.
Clearwater Gorge Viewing Deck - The Gorge Viewing Deck is accessible through Clearwater Trails Office and take the visitor right to the gorge edge along a boardwalk to the deck. Enjoy breathtaking views the gorge, river and coastline. Facilities include wheel-chair friendly toilets and parking close by.
Clearwater Cabins & Trail Centre Activities:
Clearwater Cabins & Trails Centre has become reknown for its location atop the Umtamvuna River Gorge as well as it's professionally created sustainable, marked trail network - a pioneering effort in the mountain biking world!
Visitors can also trail run, nature walk and bass fish in the main dam. Bring your own equipment.
Clearwater Cabins & Trail Centre Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
It is always advisable to bring good walking shoes, a rain/wind jacket and all the required equipment for your chosen recreation.
The weather is generally moderate, though can change through the day from sun to rain showers!
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