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Drakensberg Tourist Information

Tourist Information Offices in the Northern and Central Drakensberg

Drakensberg Tourism Ms Celest Potgieter
P.O. Box 325
Bergville
3350
Tel: (036) 448 1557
Fax: (036) 448 1088
e-mail: drakensbergtourismass@mweb.co.za
Central Drakensberg Publicity Association Mr Paul Ross
P.O. Box 1069
Champagne Valley
Winterton
3340
Tel: (036) 488 1207
Fax: (036) 488 1207
e-mail: cvres@futurenet.co.za
Bushmans River Tourism Association Ms Angela Andre
P.O. Box 185
Estcourt
3310
Tel: (036) 352 6253
Fax: (036) 352 6253
e-mail: brta@futurest.co.za
Central Drakensberg Information   Telephone:(036)488 1207
Fax:(036)488 1795
Montrose Travel Centre   Telephone:(058)6711044
Fax:(058)6711044
E-Mail: montrose@telkomsa.net
Mooi River Publicity Association Mr E. Makhathini
P.O. Box 47
Mooi River
3300
Tel: (033) 263 1221
Fax: (033) 263 1127
e-mail: nmr@futurenet.org.za
Mountain Club of South Africa KZN Section P.O.Box 453
Hilton
3245
Tel:082 990 5877
e-mail: mcsakzn@mcsa.org.za
KZN Wildlife Mr Chris Hamilton
P.O. Box 13053
Cascades
3202
(033) 845 1999 - Enquiries
(033) 845 1000 - Reservations
e-mail: hamiltonc@kznncs.org.za
Winterton Information Bureau 4 King Street,Winterton Tel:(036)488 1180
Fax:(036)488 1116

Tourist Information Offices in the Southern Drakensberg

Kamberg Valley Tourism Ms Ali Engelbrecht
P.O. Box 28
Rosetta
3301
Tel: (033) 263 7028/082 455 6774
Fax: (033) 263 7236
e-mail: kamberg@futurenet.co.za
Nottingham Road Tourism
  Tel: (033)394 5561
Fax: (033)394 5561
e-mail: nott@futurenet.org.za
Southern Drakensberg Publicity Association (Sani Saunter) Ms Cheryl Santini
P.O. Box 300
Underberg
3257

Clock Tower Centre

Tel + Fax: 033-7011471
Email: info@sanisaunter.com
Website: www.sanisaunter.com
Boston Beat Mr Andrew Blaine
P.O. Box 99
Boston
3211
Tel: (033) 997 0687
Fax: (033) 997 0687
e-mail: blaine@cis.co.za
KZN Wildlife Mr Chris Hamilton
P.O.Box 13053
Cascades
3202
Tel:(033) 8451999 - Enquiries
(033) 8451000 - Reservations
e-mail: hamiltonc@kznncs.org.za
Mountain Club of South Africa KZN Section
P.O.Box 453
Hilton
3245
Tel:082 990 5877
e-mail: mcsakzn@mcsa.org.za

Tourist Information for Drakensberg Visitors

Climate

  • The Drakensberg experiences hot summer days and refreshingly cool evenings. However its winters are extremely cold, sometimes with heavy snowfalls.

The following table provides the maximum and minimum temperatures in centigrade and average rainfall figures for the Royal Natal section of the Drakensberg

MONTH

MAX TEMP

MIN TEMP

AVERAGE RAIN(mm)

JANUARY

26.2

15

241

FEBRUARY

25.8

14

231.5

MARCH

24.2

12

171.2

APRIL

22.6

9

68.1

MAY 20.4 5 26.1

JUNE

18.8

2

16.1

JULY

18.3

3

11.5

AUGUST

20.2

5

34.1

SEPTEMBER 24.4 9 56.6

OCTOBER

23.8

11

108.5

NOVEMBER

25.0

12

151.5

DECEMBER

26.0

14

195.1

Official Languages

  • There are eleven official languages in South Africa. In the Berg, Afrikaans, English and Zulu are widely spoken

Banking

  • Banking hours are from Monday to Friday 09h00-15h30 and Saturday 08h30-11h00.
  • In the Northern and Central Berg there is a First National Bank and an ABSA Bank in Bergville. Winterton has a First National Bank.
  • Estcourt and Mooi River have branches of most of the major banking groups that are found in South Africa. This is similarly the case with the Southern Berg towns of Himeville and Underberg.

Credit Cards

  • Most departmental stores, shops, hotels and restaurants accept international credit cards i.e. American Express,VISA, Diners Club, Mastercard.

Currency

  • The currency in South Africa is the Rand. Bank notes currently available are R200, R100, R50, R10 and coins of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c. There are 100c in R1.

VAT

  • 14% tax is charged on most purchased goods and services. However, foreign tourists are able to reclaim this money on their departure from the country provided that the goods purchased exceed R250. Ask for more information at the airport on arrival.

Hospitals/Medical Care

  • Ladysmith Provincial Hospital (036) 637-2111

Important Telephone Numbers

  • Mountain Rescue Service: (031) 3077744
  • Or Contact the Search and Rescue Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal Section, directly on 082 990 5877.

Airports

  • Durban International Airport:
    Durban Airport is situated approximately three hours' drive away from the Berg. It handles international flights as well as domestic flights to and from all major centres throughout South Africa.

 

 

 

 

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