Camping and closure info

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Camping and closure info

Post by hermarphromoose » Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:20 am

Hi all, My boyfriend and I will be visiting your lovely country (specifically: KZN) in May and have our eyes set on Kloof Gorge, Monteseel, and Shongweni as climbing destinations. First thing is, though, it looks like camping opportunities are few and far between in that area of KZN. Are there any good, safe campgrounds around or is it better to do a B&B type thing? That hut at Monteseel sounds like a great stay-over option and we will try to take advantage of that. The second thing is regarding Shongweni - is the info that it is closed due to crime still up-to-date? Would be sad to hear it, but if that's how it is, then so be it. Thanks in advance for the infos!


Post by D » Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:20 am

I don't think KZN climbers use this site much. Try some of the sites under Links


Post by Gonzo » Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:20 am

Your best bet is to contact one of the guys at the KZN MCSA. The climbing in KZN is amazing. I think Shongweni has been re-opend however it is probably advisable to join the MCSA on one of their meets as it will be safer in bigger crouds. If you will have a car then u can book the hut. Number 27-31-7672319 Apparently there is a Caravan park called \"Queensburgh Caravan Park\" where you can camp. If you want a back packers lodge (not sure how close to kloof gorge) Tekweni Backpackers lodge 27-31-3031433. Anyway good luck.


Post by grigri » Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:21 am

You can climb at Shongweni but have to organise with the ranger dudes for an armed guard to accompany you.


Post by hermarphromoose » Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:21 am

Thanks for the info, guys, and grigri, I'm laughing and shuddering at the same time over here.

Derek Marshall

Post by Derek Marshall » Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:22 am

I really recoment Witt Umfalozi. Awesome spot! quite safe. Good camping and Africa feel. see KZN MCSA site

Scott Sinclair

Post by Scott Sinclair » Sat Apr 30, 2005 10:22 am

For climbing in Kloof Gorge, Shongweni (you CAN climb safely there) and Monteseel, Wildways at Monteseel is definitely a good base. To get the most from your visit, hook up with the local climbers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal climbing wall in Durban on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Maps at

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