Nature Reserves near Drakensberg Park (World Heritage Site) and surrounds
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling
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.
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(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,