ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY WHILE AT LE PARADIS
Your stay with Le Paradis will definitely never be boring! There are plenty of exciting activities available, not too far from us, during your stay at our lodge. Please feel free to peruse the page so that you can plan for the days ahead and get the best out of your visit! More information can be found below.
WOW FLIGHT SCHOOL – Visit Website
With many years of flight time and experience I am in the unique position to be able to train you as a light aircraft pilot. This is my opportunity to give you your wings. There is nothing like souring with the eagles! The feeling of that rush of air and calmness of being high up above ground level can not be explained, it needs to be felt.
Noel McDonogh Is a Grade “A” Instructor with RAASA on Light sport aircraft, weight shift controlled microlights and conventional controlled microlights. Noel has weight shift controlled microlights open and test pilot rating.
Noel Started flying hang gliders in 1993 and continued his hang gliding flying in Gauteng and Cape Town where he was based with the Air force. Noel participated in numerous hang gliding competitions in Cape Town (Porterville) Gauteng (Hartebeesport Dam) and Nelspruit (Ngadwona) and came 2nd in SA Nationals in Graaf Reinet in 2000. Noel has accumulated +/- 1000 hang gliding hours.
In 2003 Noel then started powered hang gliding for an advertising company of which took him round the country. Noel accumulated +/- 250 powered hang gliding hours.
Noel Started microlighting towards the end of 2003 in Lamercy with Dave Daniels, then moved up to Pietermaritzburg where he continued his microlighting through Cato Flying School with Wayne Bond. He obtained his “C” grade microlight instructors rating from Geoff Dyer at Light Flight. Noel then moved to Light Flight where obtained his “B” grade instructor rating and now an “A” grade instructor on Light sport aircraft, weight shift controlled microlights and conventional controlled microlights. In 2008, Noel had the opportunity to go to Jordan where he taught members, from the Royal Aero sports club of Jordan, to fly weightshift controlled microlights.
Noel has over 3200 hours PIC on Light sport aircraft, 2500 hrs instruction on Light sport aircraft and CCM and 1200hrs instruction on weight shift control microlights to date. With all his ratings he will be able to assist you in conversions to different types and categories of aircraft.
Noel has opened his new school in Craigieburn, Umkomaas called World of Wings Flight School (WoW Flight school).
VERNON CROOKES NATURE RESERVE
This 2,189 ha nature reserve is definitely the jewel in the KwaZulu-Natal couth coast protected areas crown. The reserve conserves a representative and well managed example of the coastal grasslands and coastal forest habitats of the southern KwaZulu-Natal, and the biodiversity that these habitat types support. The reserve boasts a wide variety of different habitats, including scarp forest, extensive grasslands, rivers, wetlands, cliff faces, and dams which provides a haven and shelter for a wide variety of wildlife which exist in the reserve.
Game animals that occur in the reserve include : zebra, blue wildebeest, bushbuck, blesbuck, impala, blue duiker, black backed jackal, dassies, mountain and common reedback and many more. Due to its wide variety of habitats over 300 bird species have been recorded in the reserve, and it is especially renowned for its wide variety of grass land species. Some of the birds seen on a regular basis are grey crowned cranes, crowned eagles, martial eagles, ground hornbills, trumpeter hornbills, secretary bird and black duck.
ORIBI GORGE – PORT SHEPSTONE
The Oribi Gorge is a lush forest area 21 kilometres inland from Port Shepstone. One of the highlights of the South Coast, these deep chasms offer spectacular scenery including the Samango Falls, wildlife and fantastic bird watching. Well worth the slight deviation off the N2, Oribi is a must for hikers and ramblers.
The scenery along the gorge, formed by the Umzimkulwana River, is a photographer’s and nature lover’s dream and offers wide panoramic views across the landscape. There haven around 250 different bird species counted in the area, providing ample spotting for the bird-lovers. Oribi Gorge is home to the Wild 5 Adventures where one can go gorge swinging, abseiling, water rafting,hiking and sliding across the gorge on a 120metre “foofi-slide”
ALIWAL SHOAL DIVING
Geologically Aliwal Shoal has a very short history. A few thousand years ago it was a great sand dune. Weather fluctuations and heavy rain caused sand & shell to dissolve forming calcium carbonate, which is the core of the Shoal. When the sea levels rose, the dune was submerged, and with more deposits of sand, seashells and other reef-building materials, a huge sandstone structure was created.
The surface is very rugged with pinnacles, gullies and caves. The shoal has developed into a fascinating dive site with an abundance of soft and hard corals, sponges, and hiding places. Aliwal Shoal is now home to over 1,200 species of fish, as well as turtles, rays, sharks, whales and dolphins.The south coast is known for its beaches and dive sites. There are a number of dive schools/centres close by.
Crocworld is just north of Scottburgh, and is set in a large botanical garden of indigenous trees and plants and is home to hundreds of crocodiles, ranging from hatchlings to Henry who is 111 years old. This attraction offers a complete wildlife experience for the whole family where you can enjoy over 200 free flying birds in a walk-through aviary, the snake tunnel which houses some of Africa’s biggest and most venomous reptiles, monkeys and a farmyard with animals that kids love.
Crocworld’s main industry is the farming of crocodiles for their skins, meat and eggs and is an educational centre for scientific, technical and general knowledge on the world’s species of crocodiles and alligators. Crocworld is open 7 days a week, all year round. Take an informative tour, on which you can watch the crocodiles being fed at 11h00 or 15h00.
The sardine run of southern Africa occurs from May through July when billions of sardines – or more specifically the Southern Africa pilchard called Sardinops sagax – spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa.
Their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy along the coastline. The run, containing millions of individual sardines, occurs when a current of cold water heads north from the Agulhas Bank up to Mozambique where it then leaves the coastline and goes further east into the Indian Ocean.
Have a fun filled day at Lake Eland with activities such as children playground, game drives, horse rides, walking and cycling trials, a challenging 4X4 track and a thrilling walk across the 80 metre suspension bridge. Lake Eland has the longest zip line in Africa. It is 4,5 km long and has 14 slides soaring across the Oribi Gorge over 300 metres high.
For many the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is the “Golf Coast” Nowhere else in South Africa can you play so many scenic golf courses as on this 170 kilometre coastal stretch south of Durban. All in all, there are 9 courses – Umkomaas, Scottburgh, Umdoni, Selborne, Port Shepstone, Margate, Southbroom, San Lameer and Port Edward. Not in KwaZulu – Natal, but still part of this string is the Wild Coast Sun Golf Course, situated just south of Port Edward.
All have 18 holes and are situated close to or directly at the Indian Ocean. The fairways are lined by lust subtropical vegetation. Some courses have theirown access to the beach.
USHAKA MARINE WORLD
uShaka Marine World is a world renowned water park situated in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Thepark boasts a variety of entertainment for the young and old with uShaka Beach, a variety of swimming pools, and water slides ranging from exhilarating chutes to leisurely tube rides. Adrenaline seekers will enjoy rides such as the Mamba Tunnel, Toperdo Kamikaze, Zoom Zoom multilane racer, the Drop Zone, Fast River, and the Plunge free-fall slide.
Kids are accommodated with a fun Jika Jika family rafter, a splash area with water mushrooms and canons, and the Toti Splash. Adjacent to the water park you will find uShaka SeaWorld which has a variety of marine tanks, a *dangerous creatures” exhibit, a penquin exhibit, as well as dolphin shows and seal shows.
After working up an appetite, a variety of sit-in and takeaway restaurants cater for all tastes, such as the Upper Deck Restaurant, the Anchold Hold, Wahooz on the Promenade, Gambitz, Ocean Cafe, and the exciting Cargo Hold Restaurant, where you can enjoy your meal next to a window overlooking a shark tank. The walkway leading to uShaka is lined with all sorts of shops and restaurants so you can grab a bite to eat and pick up some souvenirs.
USHAKA WATER PARK
- Water slides
- Tube rides
- Free-fall slides
- Kid’s area
USHAKA SEA WORLD
- Dangerous creatures exhibit
- Dolphin and seal shows
- Penquin exhibit