Lotheni Nature Reserve

Lotheni Nature Reserve

The Lotheni Nature Reserve is situated within a remote section of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park and is noted for its magnificent scenery and beautiful camp. Visitors to the area are provided with many scenic walking trails, which are suitable all ages. The Emadundwini Trail is a circular route covering 11.8km, crossing a number of small streams and traveling up a steep incline. This trail is highly recommended as it allows for spectacular views of the Drakensberg. Other trails in the Lotheni Nature Reserve include the Eagle, Falls, Canyon, Jacobs Ladder and the historically interesting Gelib Tree Trail.

The Gelib tree stands in the reserve as a reminder of an incident which occurred during the second world war, near the Ethiopian settlement of Gelib. An officer of the 1st Royal Natal Carbineers named Captain Charles Eustice, who fought in what was then Italian Somaliland, collected a few seeds of an Acacia tree. The seed was planted by Eustice many years later on his farm which became part of the Lotheni Nature Reserve. The seed was planted in memory of thirteen carbineers who were ambushed during the campaign to capture Gelib, which was held by Italian forces at the time.

Wildlife to be seen in the park includes such species as common and mountain reedbuck, grey rhebuck, eland, grey duiker and oribi. There is a diversity of birds, which includes black storks, black eagles, bearded vultures, lanner falcons, Cape vultures and giant kingfishers, to name but a few. Birdwatching in the area is also a popular activity amongst visitors, with a bird list of 172 species. A Mountain biking trail is also featured in the reserve. Approximately 14km long and rated as moderate in difficulty, the trail travels past the historical Gelib Tree site and returns along the tarred road. On a good warm day it's essential to stop for a swim at the magnificent Cool Pools. Trout fishing at Lotheni has also gained much popularity, with 16kms of the Lotheni river stocked with brown trout, and available for fly fishermen to test their skill. Although somewhat chilly, swimming in the Lotheni River is safe unless it is in flood , and there is a very good swimming spot approximately 1km below the camp.

Accommodation Near Lotheni Nature Reserve

Sleeps: 14

Mountain View Ranch

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Nottingham Road

20.9km North East of Lotheni Nature Reserve

This beautiful ranch is set on 24ha of property, with the picturesque Little Mooi River meandering through the fields. With horses, blesbok and Nguni cows grazing in the paddocks, it is a nature lovers dream.

Sleeps: 22 in 5 units/rooms

Mkomazana Mountain Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sani Pass

20.9km South of Lotheni Nature Reserve

This former trading station from the 1890's era is perfectly situated for hiking, trout fishing, river swimming, mountain biking, bird watching, nature walks and of course a drive up the famous Sani Pass. This historic site has a charm and sense ...

Sleeps: 12

Kamdun Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kamberg

21.2km North East of Lotheni Nature Reserve

Kamdun Lodge is situated on 26 hectares of land at the base of Mount Lebanon in the beautiful farming community of the Kamberg Valley, 40Km from Nottingham Road, near the Giant's Castle area of the Central Drakensberg.

Sleeps: 14 in 3 units/rooms

Kamberg Valley Hideaway

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kamberg

21.3km North East of Lotheni Nature Reserve

Kamberg Valley Hideaway is a 27-hectare small holding located in an un-spoilt part of the Drakensberg Mountains. The property has a small pond which is surrounded by reeds and active bird life as well as a main dam that is stocked with rainbow trout and..

National Heritage Nature Park

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kamberg

22.1km North of Lotheni Nature Reserve

National Heritage Nature Park in the South African Drakensberg is the perfect holiday getaway for mountain walks and hikes, trout fishing, horse riding, game drives and sheer relaxation

Sani Lodge Backpackers

Backpackers / Youth Hostel Accommodation in Sani Pass

22.2km South of Lotheni Nature Reserve

Budget accommodation ranges from camping, 4 small bed dormitories with 2 bunk beds in each( shared ablutions), 5 double/twin standard rooms ( shared ablutions), 3 en-suite heated thatch rondavels, 1 small rondavel en suite & 3 family self-catering cottage

Honeyguide Cottage and Aloe Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sani Pass

22.2km South of Lotheni Nature Reserve

Honeyguide Self-Catering Cottage is a small cottage situated on the famous Sani Pass, nestling at the base of the little Berg on Stromness Farm, which borders directly onto the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site

Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms


Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mkomazi Wilderness

22.3km East of Lotheni Nature Reserve

If you are looking for a quiet place to gather your thoughts and recharge your batteries then Stonehaven is the place for you.

Sleeps: 22 in 2 units/rooms

Dieu Donne Cottage - Himeville

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Himeville

24.1km South of Lotheni Nature Reserve

Dieu Donne Cottage and Farmhouse are situated at the foot of the Sani Pass Road in the Southern Drakensberg. An ideal relaxing self catering getaway for families or groups of friends - choose between the cottage on the dam that sleeps 8 in 2 large bedroom

Sleeps: 40 in 11 units/rooms

Sani Valley Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sani Pass

24.3km South of Lotheni Nature Reserve

Luxury Southern Drakensberg Accommodation is brought to you in this new concept of catering. We leave it up to you, how you would like to be spoilt. We have fully equipped self-catering lodges