The Southern Region of uKlahlamba DrakensbergBy
Just two and half hours drive from Durban, visitors can experience ambient country hospitality in villages such as Underberg, Himeville and Bulwer, which provide you with tranquil charm alternating with festive merriment amongst a host of quaint pubs, Cheese farms, home-produce stalls, art and craft outlets abound in magnificent locations, attended to by friendly residents, eager to meet and treat callers.
Although it is not the very best known region of the Drakensberg, nestling the in the lower hills of this region are quite a few scenic nature reserves, including Coleford, Loteni and Kamberg, each offering its own natural character, unique grasslands and hiking trails. Closer to the embracing mountains are destination hotels offering all outdoor leisure amenities including golf, home and hiking trails, trout and bass fishing, boating, tennis, mini-golf and mountain biking.
Lots of pristine sanctuaries entice the hiker, nature-lover and the fly-fisherman, with plenty of excitement and healthy outdoor activity on offer to children of all ages and interests. The only eastern road access to the Kingdom of Lesotho along the entire length of the mountain range is via the remarkable Sani Pass, which boasts the highest pub in Africa at its crest at about 2,800m. A 4×4 vehicle is recommended in order to cross the Sani Pass, especially in bad temperatures. Be sure to check the opening times of the border post among South Africa and Lesotho as it is not open 24 hours a day.
Flower and music festivals attract occasional friendly crowds, bringing laughter and song to the usual stillness allowing all to enjoy the surrounds. Adventure enthusiasts of many degree are well accommodated with abseiling, paragliding, helicopter trips and river tubing are all on provide.
While the Southern Drakensberg is well liked is anglers who come here for the crystal clear lakes and rivers, the region has plenty more to feature the visitor.