The following simple guidelines will help to make your visit a safe and enjoyable one.

1) Trails are well marked but conditions can vary and some sections are steep and difficult. If you book one of our guided hikes, you are advised to:

  • always stay close to your guide
  • stay on the marked trails
  • wear good walking shoes
  • carry sufficient drinking water
  • wear a hat

2) On windy days, activities such as kayaking might become a bit more difficult. In general you are advised to:

  • always listen to the instructor
  • stay close to the instructor
  • wear comfortable clothes and possibly bring a set of change if necessary
  • so not carry personal items when on the kayak/water

3) If you book 2 or more guided activities on the same day, you are advised to:

  • bring a small bag to carry your personal belongings from site to site
  • carry enough drinking water (there are taps with potable water in the public area where you can refill you bottle from)
  • wear comfortable clothes and good walking shoes and a change of clothes if necessary

4) General:

  • in wet weather the paths can be muddy and rocks very slippery – exercise extra caution to prevent injuries
  • many viewpoints are on unfenced cliff edges – exercise extreme caution and supervise children at all times.
  • walking in the reserve is safe but isolated incidents can never be excluded as they cannot anywhere in South Africa. Normal precautions when walking in isolated areas apply. When in the wilderness are always walk accompanied by one of the Reserve rangers. When in the public area/campsite area/dam wall area preferably do not walk around alone



Shongweni Nature Reserve does not accept the responsibility for any death, injury or illness sustained or suffered by any persons, or theft or loss of or damage to any property occurring within or arising from a visit the reserve, however caused and allegedly due the negligence of the Service or any of their employees or arising from the use of any facilities supplied or made available.