The southern Drakensberg
lies a bit off the beaten tourist track and is not very well known. Here
the nature lover finds alpine landscapes of dramatic beauty.
Trout anglers consider the "Southern
Drakensberg" to be a favorite, since the region has an abundance
of crystal clear lakes and rivers. There are several nature reserves, of which
particularly the Kamberg and the Loteni
are worth a visit. In both reserves live the almost extinct reedbuck, blessbuck,
eland, bushbuck und oribi. A wonderful circular trail leads through the Loteni
tourist highlight of the southern Drakensberg
is the Sani Pass.
It's the highest pass-road in South Africa and leads all along the upper
Mkomazana River up to the border with Lesotho
(2874 metres above sea-level).One frequently comes across people from
Lesotho on their donkeys. At the river one can find many an idyllic picnic
spot. Particularly the last part of the untarred stretch (behind the South
African border post) is extremely steep and rocky and can only be managed
with a four-wheel drive vehicle. But the breathtaking view of the rugged
alpine landscape is a memorable reward. It is highly recommended to cross
the border, because on the Lesotho side there is a little restaurant and
a Basotho village. The border
is open daily between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm.
Provision centres for the
southern part of the Drakensberg are the towns of Underberg,
Himeville and Bulwer,
where there is accommodation in different price ranges available.
Himeville has an excellent museum which gives mainly information about the
first white settlers who came here in the 1890s already. One gets to the
Southern Drakesberg either by travelling the R103 (Midlands
Nottingham Road (from there the Sani Pass is sign-posted) or over the
southern access via Bulwer (easier drive, but less scenic).