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Graskop Gorge Lift Company

Graskop Gorge Lift Company

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Graskop – Graskop Gorge Lift Company

The Graskop Gorge Lift Company is centrally located on the Panorama Route and is an ideal stop vier point, whether it be for the view, the forest, the food or the various adventure activities, guided tours and hikes in the surrounding areas.

The Lift

The viewing lift takes visitors 51 metres down the face of the gorge into the forest below, where wooden walkways & suspension bridges meander along a 600 metre trail trough the indigenous forest with interactive exhibits.

The Forest

Whilst the lift, which travels 51 m down the cliff face of the Graskop Gorge, was a feat of engineering skill to construct, it is the Afromontane forest below that is at the heart of this development.

In South Africa, Afromontane forest cover only 0.5% of the country’s land area.  They occur in pockets along mountain ranges in well-watered areas, including ravines and south facing slopes. Under the vivid green canopy of trees lies a lush wonderland filled with a spectacular variety of plants, animals, insects and birds.

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The trail has 6 interpretation exhibits and includes information about the forest, its biodiversity, water conservation, birds, insects, and includes giant replicas of indigenous mushrooms, a stained glass window and much more.

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The Trail takes about an hour to complete.

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The interpretation trail has several stairs and steep inclines.

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The first 100 metres or so do not have any steps or steep inclines or declines so are very accessible to all, even to people in wheelchairs.

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The climate in the gorge is generally wet and can be slippery in sections. The decks have been fitted with anti-slip treads but caution should always be taken.

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Trees and branches protrude from the decks and guests need to be aware of obstructions on the trail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find the Graskop Gorge Lift Company?

Situated just outside of Graskop on the R533 towards Hazyview. (on the opposite side of the Gorge to the Big Swing)

What do I need to wear or take with?
  • Comfortable rubber-soled walking shoes.
  • In the rain or if the waterfall is full, we recommend either a rain coat or umbrella.
  • Cameras, binoculars etc.
  • Cold bottles water can be purchased from the Lift Cafe.
  • Please dispose of empty bottles in the bins provided at various points on the trail.
When is it available?

Open daily from 08h30 – 17h00

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Geckoing Tubing

Geckoing Tubing

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Hoedspruit – Paint Ball War Games

Geckoing or White water Tubing is one of the most popular adventure activities at the Adventure Centre in Hazyview.

With this unique adventure you get the chance to descent the Sabie River Gorge with a “Gecko”.

A Gecko is a white water tube that is oval shaped and it has a floor (so you don’t hit your bum on the rocks.

The rapids are Class 2 (Grade 2) rapids and half way down the section you get the change to jump of an 8 metre waterfall.

When you arrive at the Adventure Centre in Hazyview you will be introduces to your guides (APA qualified and well experienced) you will be kitted out with a PFD (Life jacket), Then you will get into a 4 x 4 vehicle and depart for the Gecko section of the Sabie River which is 15 minutes’ drive away.

Once you get to the river you will be briefed by the trip leader on safety aspects as well as how to handle your Gecko. The first section is calm pools, then small rapids followed by the

“One time rapid”. Here is where the action starts.  After “One time rapid” it is time for the jumps. Start off with an  2 metre jump and then the 8 metre jump.

At the end of the trip you will have to walk out of the Gorge back to the vehicle that will take you back to the Adventure Centre

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Requirements

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Minimum Age:

12 years

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What is the duration of the game?

2 ½ hours.

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What are the departure times?

11h00 – 13h30.

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Open Days?

Mon – Sat.
Closed on Sundays.
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Do I have to be able to swim to do Geckoing?

Because there is a good chance of falling out of the Tube, it helps to be able to swim, as you often have to help yourself back into the Tube. We however allow non swimmer to join the trips and then the guides have a special eye on these clients.
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Can I take a camera with?

No, unless you have a cheap disposable water proof camera. We however take a camera with and take pictures of all the clients who can buy the pictures right after the trips from the office. This way can focus on having fun and not worry about you camera. After the trip the photos are shown on the big screen from where you can decide if you want to buy them or not.
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Can children do geckoing?

The general rule is that they must be big enough to steer the Gecko, so their arms must be long enough to reach the water to be able to steer the Gecko. This differs from child to child but is normally at about 12 years. They must also be comfortable with swimming.
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Can you do Geckoing all year round?

It depends on the water levels. Often in January February the water levels gets too high for Geckoing. But if the water is too high for Geckoing then the White Water Rafting is GREAT!
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Can you do Geckoing in winter?

Yes. In winter the water levels are great and you can rent a long sleeve wetsuit if you need one.

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Game Drives

Game Drives

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Hoedspruit – Game Drives

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Hot Air Balloon Flights

Hot Air Balloon Flights

Where the views begin.
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Hoedspruit – Hot Air Balloon Flights

Every morning, at sunrise our balloons depart from launch sites in the Hoedspruit. Come aboard for an experience of a lifetime.

We meet before sunrise and coffee is served while you watch your eight-storey high balloon being inflated and prepared for flight. After a safety briefing you should be airborne in time to witness the sunrise. The height above ground will vary between skimming the tree-tops to as high as 2 000 feet as the pilot changes altitude in search of favourable wind directions and speeds.

The flight duration is about an hour and towards the end of the flight the pilot will select a suitable landing site. The landing is an exciting event because the basket meets the earth at whatever speed the surface wind is at the time. Light airs allow the softest of landings while fresh breezes necessitate a “positive” landing so that the basket can serve as an anchor to slow the envelope down. If not already at the landing site, the ground crew will soon arrive to deflate and pack the balloon while passengers enjoy fruit juice and sparkling wine.

When?

Flights are conducted throughout the year, with mid-summer sunrise at 05h00 and mid-winter sunrise at 06:30. We meet 20 minutes before sunrise at the respective launch sites.

Experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. We offer one-hour long flights over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River, 15 km West of Hoedspruit. The terrain is a mixture of farmland, private nature reserves and wildlife estates. The mountains to the South and West provide shelter from the prevailing winds, thereby affording us good flying weather on most days. As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you’re lucky, some wildlife will provide photo opportunities. Game spotting cannot be guaranteed but on most flights we see plains game like giraffe and wildebeest.
Our pilots and crew will ensure a safe, enjoyable and informative adventure that will be one of the highlights of your visit to the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere.  After the flight, guests making use of transfers will be returned to their respective lodges.

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Staff and Equipment

Your pilot is, of course, fully qualified and is also an expert in environmental interpretation.

We fly a Kavanagh 210 that carries pilot plus 8-10 passengers, a Thunder & Colt 180 that carries pilot plus 6 passengers and a Kavanagh 120 that carries pilot plus 4 passengers.

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Who can participate?

Passengers must be fit enough to stand unassisted for an hour and must also be able to climb in and out of the basket. Youngsters are welcome but should be at least 1.2m (4 foot) tall, so that they can see over the rim of the basket.  Regrettably, pregnant persons may not participate in a balloon flight.

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What should I wear and bring along?

Though winter dawns can be nippy, once you’re up in the basket, it will be surprisingly warm.
Warm clothes will be useful during pre-flight.  Cameras and binoculars can be brought along.

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Umvangati House

Blyde River Canyon Uvangati House

The Place where nature and beauty connects.
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Description

Tucked away in the heart of the Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa’s most glorious scenic destinations, Umvangati House is sure to restore your sense of peace from the moment you check in. Nature is showing of her beauty here and silence is abundant
Understated elegance greets visitors to UuVangati House, where a warm friendly welcome sets the ambiance. This intimate owner-run retreat offers friendly service, privacy and exclusivity. Whether it’s for a special occasion like a honeymoon or anniversary, or if only to escape for a weekend, umVangati House immediately cuts you off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is the ideal haven for those seeking to slow down, de-stress and repose. umVangati House is an adult (16+) only establishment.

Wake up each day to take in the iconic views of the Mountain, before taking your pick form a host of things to see, do and experience. Or simply escape to feel the soft breeze on your face, soak up the fresh Mountain air and unwind at umVangati House.

Wooden walkways lead to the three separate and spacious air-conditioned Mountain View Suites, positioned for privacy and dramatic Mountain views. At dusk, a sundowner can be enjoyed on your private deck while being entranced by the ever-changing colours of the sky and mood of the Magnificent Mountain as the sun slips into the time slot of tomorrow.

The Queen & King Guest rooms are situated next to each other at the main house with private entrances, air-conditioning and views of the lush bush. The Mountain View Suites have been designed and constructed to embody the mountain with views of the watering hole and the décor echoes the simple tranquillity only nature can offer.

A scrumptious breakfast is served at the Main house on the patio where you can feast on both the food and the breath-taking view. UmVangati House’s impressive walk-in domed wine cellar is available for romantic private dinners on request.

Cool off on a hot day in the sparkling blue pool with views over the mountain

We have pets on the property.
PLEASE NOTE: Normal rates does not apply for an exclusive use of umVangati House, please contact us for more information to book all the rooms

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Accommodation – 3 Star

Luxury Mountain Suite 1

The 77 m2 suite has superb uninterrupted views of the Majestic Mountains, the lush indigenous bush, as well as the waterhole that is frequented by wildlife.

Suite 1 offers an extra length king size bed, en-suite bathroom with corner bath, dual vanity, walk-in shower and luxury bathroom amenities. The suite comes with fine Percale linen, business desks, free Wi-Fi and telephone to ensure you have a comfortable stay. For your entertainment, HD Dstv, tea and coffee nook and mini bar have been added to the suite. With private wooden viewing deck, the room is an air-conditioned and non-smoking space.

Luxury Mountain Suite 2

The 77 m2 suite has superb uninterrupted views of the Majestic Mountains, the lush indigenous bush, as well as the waterhole that is frequented by wildlife.

Suite 2 has an extra length king size bed with corner bath, his and hers basins, walk-in shower and luxury bathroom amenities in the en-suite bathroom. The suite comes with fine Percale linen, business desk, free Wi-Fi and telephone to ensure you have a comfortable stay. For your entertainment, HD Dstv, mini bar, tea and coffee nook have been added to the suite. Sliding doors open onto the private wooden viewing deck. The room is an air-conditioned and non-smoking space.

Luxury Mountain Suite 3

The 77 m2 suite has superb uninterrupted views of the Majestic Mountains, the lush indigenous bush, as well as the waterhole that is frequented by wildlife.

Suite 3 has air-conditioning, percale linen on the extra length king size bed with en-suite bathroom featuring corner bath, dual vanity, walk-in shower and luxury bathroom amenities.  For connectivity and entertainment, there is a telephone, business desk, free Wi-Fi, HD Dstv, mini-bar and tea and coffee nook. Relaxing on the private wooden deck gives a sense of a closer connection with nature and the magnificent surrounding environment. This room is a non-smoking room.

Standard King Room

This Room comes with a private entrance from the wooden walkway and is situated on the ground floor of the main building, and next to the Queen Room. This room has views of the indigenous bush.

This 30 m2 room comes with an extra length king size bed, fine percale linen, and en-suite bathroom with single vanity bath and walk-in shower. The unit also has luxury bathroom amenities, HD DSTv and business desk. To ensure you have a comfortable stay, free Wi-Fi, telephone, mini bar and coffee station are included. This is a non-smoking room. 

Standard Queen Room

This Room comes with a private entrance from the wooden walkway and is situated on the ground floor of the main building, and next to the King Room. This room has views of the indigenous bush.

The 26 m2 guest room comes with a queen size bed, en-suite bathroom with single vanity, walk-in shower and bathroom amenities. This unit has fine percale linen, business desk, free Wi-Fi and telephone. For your entertainment, we have added HD Dstv and a mini bar to the room. This is a non-smoking room.

Check in time:   14h00 – 21h00 – (Reserve gate close @21h00)
Check out time: 11h00

Activities

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Cold Swiming Pool

Facilities

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Wooden Walkways

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Mountain View Suites

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Air-Conditioned

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Positioned for Privacy

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Watering Hole View

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Tranqual Interior Decor

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Private Entrances

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