Drakensberg Park (World Heritage Site) and surrounds Nature Reserves

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Royal Natal National Park in Royal Natal National Park

Royal Natal National Park

Nature Reserve in Royal Natal National Park

Royal Natal National Park easily features some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Africa. The star of the show is the famous Amphitheatre, a massive 500-metre high rock wall that stretches for five kilometres. Standing like a sentinel above the Amphitheatre is Mont-aux-Sources peak. From here, Tugela Falls, the second highest waterfall in the world cascades down the face of the Amphitheatre on its journey to the Indian Ocean. The park is a hiker’s paradise offering a network of hiking paths ranging from a gentle stroll to Fairy Glen and the challenging Crack and Mudslide. A detailed hiking guide is available at the visitor centre, Thendele Camp office and the main entrance gate. Trout fishing is also a popular activity with options of the Mahai River, Thukela River or in a dam. There are some lovely spots for picnicking and swimming in sparkling mountain streams. Rugged Glen stables offer horse rides into the mountains with stunning views and sightings of mountain reedbuck and grey rhebuck.

Nature Reserves near Drakensberg Park (World Heritage Site) and surrounds

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

Kamberg Nature Reserve in Drakensberg

Kamberg Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Drakensberg(19.1 km from Drakensberg Park (World Heritage Site) and surrounds)

The Kamberg Nature Reserve is located on the foothills of the mountains in the Natal Drakensberg Park. There are many picnic sites near the river, trout dams, and well-maintained walks, one of which is handicap friendly. The self-guided and guided trails pass through the surrounding areas of the 'Little Berg' and along the Mooi River. There is also a rock art shelter with original Bushman rock art. The San people inhabited the area before they encountered violent clashes with the white settlers and the Nguni tribes. Wildlife in the reserve includes reedbuck, blesbok, black wildebeest, grey rhebuck, eland, duiker, red hartebeest, and oribi.

Doreen Clark Nature Reserve in Winterskloof

Doreen Clark Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Winterskloof(86.2 km from Drakensberg Park (World Heritage Site) and surrounds)

The Doreen Clark Nature Reserve is only a short distance from the north of Pietermaritzburg. The seven hectare nature reserve consists of a podocarpus forest with grassland running along its edges. There are quaint picnic spots scattered around the reserve, as well as hiking trails ranging in difficulty but suitable for all ages. The reserve is a bird watcher's paradise with regular visitors such as the African emerald cuckoo, narina trogon,and white-starred robin. The magnificent African crowned eagle is also a resident bird of the nature reserve, and visitors can spot more than five different species of cuckoo during the summer season.

Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve in Albert Falls

Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve in Albert Falls(96 km from Drakensberg Park (World Heritage Site) and surrounds)

One of the largest dams in KwaZulu-Natal, Albert Falls Dam and Nature Reserve is a popular playground for sailors, canoeists, twitchers, hikers, horse riders and fisherfolk. The dam is rated one of the best bass fishing dams in the world and an international bass fishing competition is held there annually. The reserve has abundant bird life as well as zebra and several antelope species. In winter Otto's Bluff is worth checking out when the aloes are flowering.

 

Did you know? Drakensberg Park (World Heritage Site) and surrounds Nature Reserves is often misspelt. Here are some variations:

Draken Nature Reserves, Drakenberg Nature Reserves, Drakensberge Nature Reserves, DrakensbergPark(WorldHeritageSite)andsurrounds Nature Reserves, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park Nature Reserves,