are only camping facilities available at Monks
Cowl. The campsite is fairly flat and bordered with indigenous trees
and shrubs; there are barbecue facilities, and sites are not numbered.
There are two ablution blocks, one has showers with hot and cold water,
whilst the other has toilets only. The lower section of the campsite is
reserved for 4 x 4 vehicles which can traverse the steep road. Overnight
hiking must be booked in advance. Bring along hiking stoves as fires are
not allowed due to the danger of run-away fires. The mountain campsites
of Keith Bush Camp and Cowl Fork campsite have no facilities and hikers
must be suitably equiped.
Campsites and caves are booked directly with the Camp Office. Telephone
No. (036) 468 1103.
Monks Cowl Vital Information
- Gate Opening and Closing Times:
Summer ( October to March ) 05h00 to 19h00
Winter (April to September ) 06h00 to 18h00
- Office Hours:
The office is open from 08h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 16h30
- Camp Telephone Number: (036) 4681103
Camp Fax: (036) 4681103
Limited curios and supplies.
- Special Precautions:
The weather is subject to change at short notice and can become very cold
so hikers are advised to be well equipped and to fill in their details in
the Mountain Rescue Register.
- The nearest town which has a full range of services is Estcourt which
is 70 kms away.
- How to get there:
From the north take the N11 to Bergville then the R74 to Winterton
there after take the R600 to Monk's Cowl.
From the south turn off the N3 on to the R74 after Estcourt
and proceed to Winterton, there after the R600 to Monk's Cowl.
- Pets are not permitted into the reserve.
Education groups from KwaZulu-Natal
are admitted free to the reserve
- Facilities for people with disabilities: Nil