Oribi Gorge and Braai

Jun 4, 2013

We were very excited to experience some of the South African culture during our first weekend here! On Saturday we took a 7km hike through the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. The gorge was carved by the Umzimkulwana River and is located about 21km inland from Port Shepstone. We encountered breathtaking views of greenery and sandstone cliffs as we hiked for two hours before reaching a waterfall. The sight of the waterfall was certainly the highlight of the excursion. After hiking, we stopped for lunch and spent some time at Leopard Rock. The view from the rock was spectacular. We were able to see a river flowing through mountains and had a great photo opportunity on the rock. Even the ride back to our bed and breakfast got interesting because we saw several monkeys during the drive. On Sunday, the owner of our bed and breakfast was gracious enough to throw a braai for us. A braai is a South African BBQ. Braais are so ingrained in South African culture that there is a national holiday called National Braai Day. Meat is the main food consumed at a braai, and we were served steak, beef filets, and boerewors. Boerewors are comparable to sausages and are a traditional braai food. We were very thankful that our host held this dinner for us. Needless to say we were all very full at the end of the night!

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