Interesting Facts about the Oribi Gorge

  • The canyon has been named after the sprightly little antelope; the Oribi (now an endangered species). Norwegian Settlers were the first to farm the fertile plateaus. Due to the climate, they cultivated tea, coffee and sugar.

  • The Oribi Gorge (one of two converging gorges) is situated along the spectacular forest-cloaked ravine of the Mzimkulwana River. The river has etched a spectacular gorge into the mountains to create a rugged, natural landscape of breathtaking beauty. Over centuries, the sandstone cliffs of the gorge have been carved out by the river.

  • The Oribi Gorge is approximately 27km long, 1km at its widest point and 400m deep.

  • The Oribi Gorge was proclaimed a protected forest in 1950 and is home to a Private Nature Reserve.

  • The road through the Oribi Gorge was built by Italian prisoners of war.

  • The gorge is a bird watcher's paradise. Due to its inaccessibility, the gorge is untouched by man and is home to over 255 bird species including cape vultures and the famous fish eagle.

  • The rare samango monkey is one of many interesting animals found in the gorge. It is also home to baboons, vervet monkeys, aardwolf, leopard, caracal, serval, jackal, otter, genet, mongoose, dassies, bushbuck, reedbuck and duiker.

  • The gorge has more than 500 plant species. Some of the most popular species are exquisite orchids, proteas (Oribi Spear Leaf), aloe and many species of cycads.

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