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Camping where you just pitch up

If you love camping but hate setting up the tent, we have the perfect solution for you. Book your next getaway with us at Oribi Gorge Hotel’s luxury tents and enjoy camping… Where you just pitch up and the rest is ready and waiting for you!

Yes! You read that correctly! We have luxury tents that you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Unspoiled nature with modern amenities and privacy. The best part of all is that the hard work of setting up has already been done for you. So all that’s left for you to do is unpack, relax and have the holiday of a lifetime.

Oribi Gorge Hotel offer our visitors a breathtaking once in a lifetime country escape. With loads of in-house activities and facilities. Including the world renowned Wild 5 Adventures, birding, hiking, and game viewing, as well as our prestigious restaurant and friendly staff.

Whatever your reason for visiting, business or leisure, you can look forward to the hues and views of a true country getaway without sacrificing the joys of being pampered. Day visitors are always welcome to share in the fun, but pack a suitcase just in case… you may decide to stay.

For more information on our exquisite accommodation, conferences, teambuilding packages and mouth-watering dishes, please contact us (039) 687-0253 | 079 5697 333 | info@oribigorgehotel.co.za

How to encourage kids to play outdoors

Here are our top 15 tips and tricks to help encourage kids to play outdoors. Be sure to read until the end, point 15 is our best pick!

We believe that all parents want what is best for their children. We also know that our world is changing more quickly than ever before, and sometimes we are swept into new lifestyles before we realise it.

Who would have imagined 30 years ago that we would need to encourage children to want to play outside? But, with children spending between 40 and 60 hours per week attached to electronic umbilical cord.

We hope that your family will take a step back from the hurried lifestyle to which we have become accustomed. And recognise the need for all of us, but especially our children, to have free time for play! Here are a few ideas to get your kids started. Once they’re outside, we predict that they’ll have plenty of their own ideas!

Before we jump in we would like to say a special thank you to Spark People for the great feature!

  1. If you live in a house, create a child-friendly backyard.
  2. Give children a place on the porch, deck or in the bedroom where they can display nature treasures that they find and want to keep.
  3. Provide simple tools to aid discovery. Kids love tools! Include a bug box, trowel, magnifier, etc.
  4. When you take children to parks and other natural areas, allow them to explore. Let them decide which trails to take. Stay nearby for safety, but don’t interfere or help unless asked.
  5. Encourage plenty of time outside. Consider taking a walk to the library, store or post officeinstead of driving.
  6. If a child asks or remarks about a landmark or natural feature you drive past often, find out more about it and go for a visit.
  7. Take advantage of the natural resources available in your area. Take children canoeing, kayaking or fishing.
  8. Take a few leaves from different trees while the children are not looking. Give them the leaves and ask them to find which trees they came from.
  9. Provide a tree identification book to help kids learn about the trees in their own neighborhood.
  10. In the autumn, leave the fallen leaves down for a while so kids can run around and shuffle through them.
  11. Rake up a big leaf pile and let them demolish it. If they’re not preschoolers, leave the rake out so they can rebuild it if they want.
  12. If you have an appropriate area, let older children build a campfire in the backyard. Set safety rules, then stay away while they and their friends discuss hot topics. Check for safety by looking out the window or wandering out to ask if they need more snacks.
  13. Put out bird feeders that can be seen easily from windows. Let children help feed the birds. Keep a bird book by the window to help them identify what they see.
  14. Make up challenges for children to do outside, similar to the “Survivor” television show. This is a guaranteed kid pleaser, especially if there is a reward (a gift of time with Mom or Dad, or perhaps a night off from helping with the dishes).
  15. Book a holiday at Oribi Gorge Hotel’s Luxury Tents and let your kids enjoy nature the way it was supposed to be.

Oribi Gorge Hotel offer our visitors a breathtaking once in a lifetime country escape. With loads of in-house activities and facilities. Including the world renowned Wild 5 Adventures, birding, hiking, and game viewing, as well as our prestigious restaurant and friendly staff.

Whatever your reason for visiting, business or leisure, you can look forward to the hues and views of a true country getaway without sacrificing the joys of being pampered. Day visitors are always welcome to share in the fun, but pack a suitcase just in case… you may decide to stay.

For more information on our exquisite accommodation, conferences, teambuilding packages and mouth-watering dishes, please contact us (039) 687-0253 | 079 5697 333 | info@oribigorgehotel.co.za

 

Source: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1618

Luxury tent getaway

Escape the city and book yourself a revitalising and relaxed luxury tent getaway only at Oribi Gorge Hotel. Take advantage of our current special rates!

Each luxury tent is fully equipped with a modern tiled bathroom, double bed with nightstands, a coffee table and chairs, as well as a bar fridge. Adding to this, we have included a desk fully equipped with a tea and coffee station. Bath towels are provided and a small oil heater for winter times and/ or pedestal fan for summer.

We also provide two deluxe camping chairs for you to relax on while enjoying the outside patio area which overlooks a small and tranquil dam.

Our Luxury tents are surrounded by unspoiled nature and are extremely private.

You also have access to all of the facilities that are available at the Oribi Gorge Hotel which includes The Wild Fig Restaurant and Silver Oak Bar. Not forgetting the onsite swimming pool, kiddie playground, Hiking, Cycling and much more!

There are various types of wildlife and a very rich and diverse birdlife population. This, on its own will provide you with many hours of relaxing entertainment.

For the more business orientated glamping goer, we do also offer conferencing facilities on-site.

The tent is serviced daily, free of charge between 10:00 and 11:00am.

The only rule we have is that you please do not make any fires.

When staying in one of our luxury tents you can look forward to the hues and views of a true country getaway, without sacrificing the joys of modern comforts.

For more information or to make a reservation please contact us (039) 687-0253 | 079 5697 333 | info@oribigorgehotel.co.za

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Exploring the incredible Oribi Gorge

In this legendary video you get a front row seat to exploring the incredible Oribi Gorge and Wild 5 Adventures which is located on our property at the Oribi Gorge Hotel.

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, why not plan a weekend away to the breathtaking Oribi Gorge Hotel. Or, if you are looking for some extreme adventure to get your heart racing, Wild 5 Adventures is the place for you! Located conveniently on our property.

We would also like to give a shout out to Theagventure and say thanks for the upload. We look forward to you visiting us again soon.

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Oribi Gorge Hotel offer our visitors a breathtaking once in a lifetime country escape. With loads of in-house activities and facilities. Including the world renowned Wild 5 Adventures, birding, hiking, and game viewing, as well as our prestigious restaurant and friendly staff.

Whatever your reason for visiting, business or leisure, you can look forward to the hues and views of a true country getaway without sacrificing the joys of being pampered. Day visitors are always welcome to share in the fun, but pack a suitcase just in case… you may decide to stay.

For more information on our exquisite accommodation, conferences, teambuilding packages and mouth-watering dishes, please contact us (039) 687-0253 | 079 5697 333 | info@oribigorgehotel.co.za

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Only 30 minutes’ drive from Port Shepstone

Did you know that the Oribi Gorge Hotel home to Wild Fig Restaurant is only a 30 minutes’ drive from Port Shepstone? So you could be enjoying the holiday of your dreams accompanied by an ice cold drink and mouthwatering meal in no time!

A stay at Oribi Gorge Hotel will revitalise and reenergise your soul. While a meal from the Wild Fig restaurant will take your taste buds on journey to flavour town. If that’s not enough, you get to enjoy your stay in one of nature’s most beautiful natural gorges in the world. All of this while being surrounded by incredible wildlife and flora.

Oribi Gorge Hotel offer our visitors a breathtaking once in a lifetime country escape. With loads of in-house activities and facilities. Including the world renowned Wild 5 Adventures, birding, hiking, and game viewing, as well as our prestigious restaurant and friendly staff.

Whatever your reason for visiting, business or leisure, you can look forward to the hues and views of a true country getaway without sacrificing the joys of being pampered. Day visitors are always welcome to share in the fun, but pack a suitcase just in case… you may decide to stay.

For more information on our exquisite accommodation, conferences, teambuilding packages and mouth-watering dishes, please contact us (039) 687-0253 | 079 5697 333 | info@oribigorgehotel.co.za

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Incredible Vervet Monkeys

The incredible Vervet monkey community is an amazing attraction at Oribi Gorge Hotel. These little guys are loved by both residents and tourists alike…

The Oribi Gorge region is not only known for its amazing activities and views, but also the incredible wildlife that can be seen!

Here is some information you might not have known about our local Vervet monkeys.

Appearance
Males have a mass of 6kg and measure 1.1 m in length, whereas females are slightly smaller and weigh only 4kg. Vervet Monkeys have a silver-grey body with a marked black face. The ridge of the eyebrows is white, and so are the feet and tail tip. The genitals of adult males are vividly colored to signal sexual status, namely a red penis and a blue scrotum.

Diet
The diet tends to be omnivorous, feeding on fruit, flowers, leaves and insects, which constitutes the bulk of their diet. Primates are amongst the few mammals with colour vision, which allows Vervet Monkeys to distinguish between green and ripe fruit.

Breeding
This is a seasonal breeder and single young are born between March and May after a gestation period of 140 days. Inter birth intervals could be longer than a single season, and is correlated with food abundance.

Social Behavior
Vervets are highly social animals, and occur in well organised troops, dominated by males. Females do not leave their natal group, but males emigrate from the troop at puberty. Access to prime food recourses is determined by the dominance hierarchy.

Habitat
A sufficient density of tall trees and the availability of permanent surface water, allow this primate to occur in a wide variety of macro environments. They are regarded primarily as a forest edge specialist.

Where they are found
Unlike many tropical African countries, there are only two monkey species in South Africa, namely the Vervet and the Samango monkey. Both are fruit eating tree dwellers, as a consequence of which they can inflict serious damage to commercial fruit orchards. The vervet monkey is common throughout South Africa, and occurs wherever essential habitat requirements are met. The out of control expansion of wattle trees made it possible for the vervet monkey to extend its historical range.

Oribi Gorge Hotel offer our visitors a breathtaking once in a lifetime country escape. With loads of in-house activities and facilities. Including the world renowned Wild 5 Adventures, birding, hiking, and game viewing, as well as our prestigious restaurant and friendly staff.

Whatever your reason for visiting, business or leisure, you can look forward to the hues and views of a true country getaway without sacrificing the joys of being pampered. Day visitors are always welcome to share in the fun, but pack a suitcase just in case… you may decide to stay.

For more information on our exquisite accommodation, conferences, teambuilding packages and mouth-watering dishes, please contact us (039) 687-0253 | 079 5697 333 | info@oribigorgehotel.co.za

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Source: www.krugerpark.co.za

Drone footage over Wild 5 Adventures

You must watch this amazing drone footage over Wild 5 Adventures. See Lehr’s Falls like never before with this awesome bird’s eye view!

A special shout out and thanks got to Karl Bunge for this amazing footage.

This fantastic drone footage really captures the awesomeness of the Lehr’s Falls in full swing after the recent rains! We are so blessed to be part of this beauty every day!

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Oribi Gorge Hotel offer our visitors a breathtaking once in a lifetime country escape. With loads of in-house activities and facilities. Including the world renowned Wild 5 Adventures, birding, hiking, and game viewing, as well as our prestigious restaurant and friendly staff.

Whatever your reason for visiting, business or leisure, you can look forward to the hues and views of a true country getaway without sacrificing the joys of being pampered. Day visitors are always welcome to share in the fun, but pack a suitcase just in case… you may decide to stay.

For more information on our exquisite accommodation, conferences, teambuilding packages and mouth-watering dishes, please contact us (039) 687-0253 | 079 5697 333 | info@oribigorgehotel.co.za

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Visit the amazing Vulture Viewing Hide

Take your holiday experience to the next level! Visit the amazing Vulture Viewing Hide next time you are in the breath-taking Oribi Gorge region.

The South Coast’s Umzimkhulu Valley is home to a breeding colony of Cape Vultures (Gyps coprotheres). Offering visitors the unusual experience of observing wild Cape Vultures! At fairly close quarters and in their natural habitat.

With a vulnerable population of only 8000, which is near endemic to southern Africa. The 120-bird Vulture Hide at Oribi is a highly significant colony. Especially considering it started with a mere 20 birds in the year 2000.

Located close to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, The Barry Porter Memorial Vulture Viewing Hide (14 km from Oribi Gorge Hotel & Wild 5 Adventures) overlooks a “vulture restaurant”. Visitors can experience a 2-hour vulture viewing and close-range photo opportunity at the cliff’s edge with vultures soaring at eye level.

The Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide is a non-profit voluntary association which aims to create awareness of the importance of these magnificent birds in our environment. As well as the dire threats posed to this often misunderstood species. Visitors should book in advance for this rare experience at a highly affordable rate of R100 p/adult, minimum charge of R300, maximum 15 people and 50% discount for children 5-11 years.

Vulture species that can be spotted include the Cape Vulture, White-backed Vulture and Ruppell’s Vulture. Other specials to look out for include the Yellow-billed Kite, Jackal Buzzard, Rock Kestrel, Lanner Falcon, Rock Martin, Alpine Swift, African Marsh-Harrier, Croaking Cisticola, Rattling Cisticola, Common Quail, Red-capped Lark, Rufous-naped Lark, African Pipit, Plain-backed Pipit. To name but a few.

Apart from vultures, spot the Knysna Woodpecker in Oribi Gorge and Umtamvuna Nature Reserve. The Black-rumped Buttonquail, Grass Owl, Broad-tailed Warbler, Pale-crowned Cisticola and Short-tailed Pipit in the Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve. Weza Ngele Forest is home to Cape Parrots, Orange Thrushes, Bush Blackcaps and Forest Buzzards and in the nearby grasslands find Blue Swallows. Common forest residents include the Burchell’s Coucal, Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot and Grey Waxbill.

For more information:

Oribi Vulture Viewing Hide – Chairman and Project Coordinator Andy Ruffle andyruffle@yahoo.co.uk; bookings.vulturehide@yahoo.co.za ; +27 39 695 0829; +27 72 893 3794


Oribi Gorge Hotel
offer our visitors a breathtaking once in a lifetime country escape. With loads of in-house activities and facilities. Including the world renowned Wild 5 Adventures, birding, hiking, and game viewing, as well as our prestigious restaurant and friendly staff.

Whatever your reason for visiting, business or leisure, you can look forward to the hues and views of a true country getaway without sacrificing the joys of being pampered. Day visitors are always welcome to share in the fun, but pack a suitcase just in case… you may decide to stay.

For more information on our exquisite accommodation, conferences, teambuilding packages and mouth-watering dishes, please contact us (039) 687-0253 | info@oribigorgehotel.co.za

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Source: South Coast Tourism


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