About Us


The Clearwater Trails are set on Clearwater Farm and surrounding private farmland.

The farm is occupied and managed by three generations of the Abbott / Van Rensburg families.

Commencing in 1979, Maggie and Tony Abbott, and their three children, pioneered a banana and macadamia nut farm as their means to a living.

The couple also initiated farm tours and breakfast hikes into the neighbouring eKZN Wildlife Umtamvuna Nature Reserve.  Between 1997 and 2018 basic accommodation was offered on site to house their interested guests.

The late Tony Abbott,a world-renowned amateur botanist, made notable discoveries within botanical circles which in turn added great interest to the Nature Reserve’s inherent value.

In 2003, Clearwater Trails came into being when Tony’s son Jan Abbott, brought his skills as a landscaper and passionate mountain biker together. To further enhance the experience of the views, the Gorge View Deck was constructed by Tony and Clearwater Trails as a partnership with eKZN Wildlife.

Between 2012 and 2019 a small restaurant was operated at the Trail Head as a place of refreshment and reflection. (currently under refurbishment)

It is without a doubt that the Umtamvuna River Gorge offers heavenly views to all of those who make their way to Clearwater Trails and a space in which to find a sense of peace and tranquillity during their time on the farm.