Where the lush rolling hills of Kwa-Zulu Natal are broken by the spiralling peaks of the southern Drakensberg, lies a place of exquisite beauty and tranquillity. From the comfort of your room, enjoy cosy log fires and sweeping views of Lake Madingofani where eland, reedbuck and many exotic bird species make their home.
A trout fisherman's paradise, the southern Drakensberg takes comfort in being less well known - as this means it has managed to retain its quality of seclusion, privacy and that off-the-beaten track feeling. If you truly want to get away from it all, switch off the phones, leave the laptop at home, and take a walk on the tranquil side. The southern Drakensberg lies a bit off the beaten tourist track and is not very well known. Here the nature lover finds alpine landscapes of dramatic beauty. Trout anglers consider the southern Drakensberg to be a favourite haunt due to the region's abundance of crystal clear lakes and rivers.
All chalets and loft units have views of the Drakensberg and are situated very near to the dams - good news for fishermen.Each One-Bedroom Fisherman's Loft has one bedroom, one bathroom and a lounge/dining area with fully equipped kitchen, as well as its own patio with braai facility.Each Two-Bedroom Fisherman's Loft has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge/dining area, fully equipped kitchen and its own patio with braai facility.Each Standard Chalets has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge/dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. Your own patio with private braai facilities makes for a cosy and personal getaway experience. Four of our Standard Chalets have jacuzzis, and a further four have large 8-sleeper loft bedrooms.
There are several nature reserves, of which particularly the Kamberg and the Loteni are worth a visit. In both reserves live the almost extinct reedbuck, blessbuck, eland, bushbuck and oribi. A wonderful circular trail leads through the Loteni Reserve.
The tourist highlight of the southern Drakensberg is the Sani Pass. It's the highest pass-road in South Africa and leads all along the upper Mkomazana River up to the border with Lesotho (2874 metres above sea-level). One frequently comes across people from Lesotho on their donkeys. At the river one can find many an idyllic picnic spot.
Particularly the last part of the untarred stretch (behind the South African border post) is extremely steep and rocky and can only be managed with a four-wheel drive vehicle. But the breathtaking view of the rugged alpine landscape is a memorable reward. It is highly recommended to cross the border, because on the Lesotho side there is a little restaurant and a Basotho village. The border is open daily between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm.
Provision centres for the southern part of the Drakensberg are the towns of Underberg, Himeville and Bulwer, where there is accommodation available in different price brackets. Himeville has an excellent museum.
To get to the southern Drakensberg, you can either take the R103 (Midlands Meander) via Nottingham Road (from there the Sani Pass is sign-posted) or over the southern access via Bulwer (easier drive, but less scenic).