About Tugela Trails
What we’re about
Tugela Trails is an Outdoor Education provider based near Winterton in KZN, South Africa. Over the last 8 years, we have become specialists in planning and facilitating journeys for school kids. We also run Wilderness Skills holiday camps. We are based at the Berg Guest Farm, a B&B and self catering dairy and game farm on the Little Tugela River. Our journeys take place in and around the Spioenkop Mountain / Spioenkop Game Reserve / Winterton / Central Drakensberg areas. We have access to many hectares of privately owned farm land and game farms. Our farmers are an integral part of the successes of our trips, and have bought into these journeys with great enthusiasm.
Safety first – safety is what we prioritise; every day, on every journey, everywhere – it is simply not negotiable. We have, through our public liability cover with SATIB, access to Africa’s leading Remote Incident Management Centre (SATIB24 Crisis Call). This 24 hour call centre allows any incident to be efficiently managed. Specialist Doctors and Paramedics will ensure that patients get the best possible care.
Founder and owner of Tugela Trails – I am a FGASA qualified wildlife safari guide, with 18 years experience throughout Africa. I have extensive hiking and trekking experience, including summiting Tanzania’s “Big 3” in 11 days – Ol Donyo Lengai, Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. I love outdoor endurance sports and have completed 17 Dusi Canoe Marathons, many Comrades Marathons and numerous trail runs and mountain bike stage races, including the 2300km Freedom Challenge MTB race in 2015.
Dr Gustav Greffrath
Dr Gustav Greffrath holds a PhD in Recreation. He runs all our water based activities, through his local adventure company, Itchy Feet. • A registered adventure guide with the National Department of Tourism (KZN 1549) • THETA-accredited (613/L/083168/2010) for single-pitch rock climbing and abseil supervising • THETA and APA (African Paddling Association) accredited for whitewater trip leading • An APA accredited river guiding instructor • MDT (Mountain Development and Training Trust) accredited for advanced mountain walking leadership (617) • Chairman of the African Paddling Association
Simon and Cheryl Blackburn
Operate out of Three Tree Hill Lodge, and look after our History tours and walks inside the Spionkop Game Reserve. They are both ex Singita Game Reserves and ex Kwando Safaris (Botswana) and are both experienced and qualified safari & mountain guides. Their four children, Kei, Neo, Jos and Cas have joined them on many of these adventures. On one of these adventures, they stumbled across Three Tree Hill Lodge and fell in love with it. The Blackburns have woven their love and knowledge of nature with the history of the area, which offers kids an unparalleled, diverse experience in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains.
My wife, Claire, has a physiotherapy practice specialising in multi-stage endurance events, and travels country wide to various mtb races and trail runs. www.adventurephysio.co.za. She does spend the majority of her time with us at Tugela Trails though. She is an experienced outdoorswoman, and has been a trail runner, paddler, hiker and mountain biker for many years.