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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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National Heritage Nature Park in the South African Drakensberg is the perfect holiday getaway for mountain walks and hikes, trout fishing and sheer relaxation
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
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
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The Accommodation comprises elegantly furnished rooms, all with bathrooms en-suite. Choose from standard double rooms, a junior suite and two executive suites. Our rooms and bathrooms have under-floor heating to keep away the winter chill.
Rivermead is a magnificent thatched house situated on a 120ha dam just outside Himeville. The house offers self catering accommodation for up to 13 people. It sleeps 8 people in four bedrooms and a further 5 in a huge loft room.