Nestled under Mariepskop Mountain is the outdoor resort of Forever Swadini. It offers a large number of economy chalets with wonderful views of the Blyde Canyon, and runs a wide range of outdoor activities which are open to non-residents and guests alike.
Particularly worthy of a mention is the cascade of three swimming pools- toddler's, 25m and 50m- of which the former two are heated to around 30C in the Winter months making them highly pleasant in the omnipresent sunshine even then.
There is a reasonable shop containing supplies for a week or so in the bush, and a basic restaurant offering solid South African favourites (burgers, piri piri chicken livers, salads etc). There are also braaing (barbeque) facilities if you choose to bring your own provisions along.
Where Aventura Swadini really comes into its own is in the activities that are run from here by the Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre:
- Horse-riding through the Blyde Canyon can be organised at the nearby Whip-A-Long horse trails
- 8km of intense rapids offer Class 3-4 white water rafting on the Blyde River
- An overnight canyoning trip follows this route but includes a night at the remote Wet Camel camp, along with an early morning hike and swimming
- Milder rafting and tubing are available along 3km of the Lower Blyde River
- Trips to the Olifants River also offer more moderate Class 1-3 white water rafting
- Boat trips are available on the Blyde Dam, and include the spectacular Kadishi Tufa Falls and views up to the Three Rondawels. Lasting 90 minutes, these usually depart three times a day from a site up the road towards Blyderivierspoort, at 09:00, 11:00 and 15:00
- Paintballing is available in a specially designed war-zone in the resort. Goggles and overalls are supplied to those eligible to play (being over 12 years of age)
- Quad bikes and dirt cars can be rented by the hour. The latter carry a passenger (if desired) in addition to the driver, and trails are in a game farm alongside the Blyde River
- Abseiling down some of the Canyon's rocky outcrops and granite boulders can be organised for those over 16
- A five hour kloofing (walking, swimming and jumping along a river-course) adventure trail takes place near to the Strydom tunnel. It takes in caves and follows a stream that builds up to a Tufa waterfall. This trip can be combined with abseiling
- A 90 minute waterfall trail starts near to the Resort entrance and snakes its way to the beautiful Kaidishi Tufa waterfall in the Canyon itself.