Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Natal Midlands » Midlands Drakensberg » Pietermaritzburg

Abseiling 107 metres with Over the Top

Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Rap Jumping

Description

We operate anytime of day, any day of the week, for a minimum booking of 3 people, or the price for 3 people – R900. Your second abseil on the same day is half-price, so sometimes we do a booking for 2 people, and let them go twice each. See my website for great pictures of the abseil in action... You drive up to the top of the abseil, and we meet at our “Over the Top” sign. We then explain everything right there, sign the paperwork, and go over the top one at a time (or two at a time if there are more than 3 people in your group)! It’s great for the first one over to take a camera down so as to get some good pictures or video footage of the second one coming! To get back to the top, there is a nature trail going through indigenous forest down in a valley, mostly in the shade along a tributary of the Umngeni River.This walk takes about 30 minutes, but you are welcome to take longer and just enjoy the space.

Some of the World’s foremost climbing equipment manufacturers sponsor Over the Top. Each Beal rope can hold 3 tons and Black Diamond harnesses 2.5 tons. The abseil device is designed by French company Petzl for long abseils.

What to Wear

Comfortable shoes or action sandals with good grip on rocks are excellent both for abseiling and the walk up. In summer when the Falls are flowing strongly you will get wet as you near the plunge pool, so you could even bring swimming gear, a towel and a change of clothes! Avoid skirts or dresses, and don’t forget your camera!

Our youngest abseiler EVER has been a two-year old (safely rigged up to his Dad!), and our oldest has been 80...so there is NO limit, other than in your mind. Abseiling is also known as “rappelling”, and we can take you “abseiling anywhere” – as long as the law allows! We can even take you abseiling at night, with a headlamp! Large groups (80 people) have also enjoyed an abseiling outing!

Our youngest abseiler at HOWICK has been a three-year old (safely rigged up to his Dad!), and our oldest has been 80...so there is NO limit, other than in your mind. Abseiling is also known as “rappelling”. We can even take you abseiling at night, with a headlamp (surcharge applicable)!

Other activities we specialize in are: rock climbing, and hiking trips (mostly in the Drakensberg mountains – taking you to heights above 3000 metres above sea level), rap jumping (face-forward abseiling also called “going Australian”), as well as NQF guide training courses.”

 

Rates

R300 – for 1 to 9 people

R270 – for 10 to 19 people

R250 – for 20 or more people

Under 10 years-old: R200.

 

 


Directions

Directions to Howick Falls, Howick, KZN: From Joburg: Follow the N3 towards Pietermaritzburg and Durban, but keep an eye out for the town of Howick which is about 25 kms before Pietermaritzburg. Take the exit for "Midmar Dam / Howick" and turn left towards Howick. After about 2 kms you will come to a T-junction. Turn left there towards Howick. [Generally keep an eye out for small brown signs to Howick waterfall.] Once you have turned left, follow this main road until you cross the Umngeni River, and Howick town centre. Immediately after you cross the river, you will turn right there is a sign for the Howick Falls there. Follow this road straight until you come to a small traffic circle. The area looks touristy! The falls viewing platform is in front of the traffic circle. You will see the tourist information office there too. You can now look for parking. You will also be able to see our "Over the Top" sign that looks like our logo in this email. It is about 80m to the right of the main viewing platform, and our abseil point is below our sign. From Pietermaritzburg or Durban: Follow the N3 towards Howick, take exit number 99, to Howick and Merivale. Follow the main road into town, until you cross the Umngeni River, and get close to Howick town centre. Immediately after you cross the river, you will turn right there is a sign for the Howick Falls there. Follow this road straight until you come to a small traffic circle. The area looks touristy! The falls viewing platform is in front of the traffic circle. You will see the tourist information office there too. You can now look for parking. You will also be able to see our "Over the Top" sign that looks like our logo in this email. It is about 80m to the right of the main viewing platform, and our abseil point is below our sign.