Routes to travel and enjoy from your accommodation
Route 1. Travel into the Royal Natal National Park, visit the information centre there,for information of all the hike’s and places of interest. eg Cascades walk, Tiger Falls, Gorge walk and the Chain Ladder etc.Book to see Bushman paintings(guided hike.)Trout fishing in the dam.(bring your own rod and permit.).A day can easiliy be spent here, but if you have time to spare. Come out of the R.N.N.P. and visit Thandanani Curios centre and return home. Guided walks can be arranged by your accommodation.).
Route 2. Visit the Drakensberg Pump Storage scheme.Tours morning and afternoon during the week.(Booking essential)Fishing and horse-riding at Rugged Glen (Booking is essential).
Route 3. Travel from your accommodation place via Amazizi towards the back of Woodstock Dam (fishing). Visit Zimisela Curios centre and Mnweni Cultural Centre.(Tour Guides can be arranged at Mnweni to take you on further Tours and Guided hikes of the Peaks around Mnweni).
Route 4. Adventure day spent at ‘All out Adventures’. Trapeze training, quad biking, paintball and much more(booking essential).Horse riding and Trout fishing at Rugged Glen and Golf at Hlalanathi. (Booking essential).
Route 5. Visit the Spa at the Caverns, venture on the daily hikes such as the hike to the ‘Cannibal Cave’.
Route 6. Travel towards Cathedral Peak and Didima via Mnweni Cultural Centre road and spaghetti junction.(sight seeing or 4 x 4 route).Hiking at Cathedral Peak. Rainbow Gorge, Doreen Falls, Mike’s Pass (4 x 4 and 4 x 2 Pass).Helicopter rides and golf ,can be booked at Cathedral Peak Hotel.
Route 7. Travel up Olivershoek Pass, visit the monument of the Kaalvoet Vrou, Retiek Klip, Kerkenberg. Go fishing at Sterkfontien dam. or venture further onto the Bethlehem road to Glen Garriff, just outside Harrismith to a game farm to see lions and perhaps Red deer.
Route 8. Travel up Olivershoek Pass, visit the monument of the Kaalvoet Vrou,Retiek Klip,Kerkenberg. Follow the road towards Tintwa and the Lost valley (only two land formation like this in South Africa,the other being at Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape.) Travel down Middledale Pass to Geluksburg . Turn right on the P341 towards Berville.Visit Kwaggashoek Game Ranch with Giraffe,Eland,Hippos zebra,Warthogs and many rare species of Game.(Game drives can be arranged.Booking essential). Travel on towards Bergville,turn left onto the R74 and travel back to your accommodation in the Northern Drakensberg.
Route 9. From Bergville the tourist can travel towards Ladysmith and 2 kms out of town take the Gekusburg road,( P341),to Kwaggashoek Game Ranch,(Tour can be booked,) At the side of Kwaggashoek is Bezuidenhout’s Pass.This is a 4 x 4 or 4 x 2 and diff-lock trail.After venturing up the Pass turn right and travel 15 kms to a ‘T’junction.You can then turn right for +/- 6kms ,then left ,travel +/-10 kms,then turn right you are now going to travel down Middledale Pass to Geluksburg.At Geluksburg you can enjoy quad biking or book a ‘Lost Valley “tour. Afterwhich you can travel home to Bergville again via the P341.
This route can be enjoyed by visitors to Northern Drakensberg,Bergville, Geluksburg, Cathedral Peak and Didima area, Winterton, Champagne valley, Spionkop Dam area and Ladysmith.
Route 10. Travel out onto the R74 and Take the road to Cathedral Peak.Enjoy part of Route 6 and Route 10, if you have time and travel home via R74.To travel to Champagne Castle Valley,you do not have to go back to Bergville you can take a back route (turn right at the T junction from Cathedral Peak,then left) which comes out just by Winterton or at the Thokozisa 4 way stop.
Route 11. Champagne Valley Route Travel along the R74 towards Winterton.Turn at the first turning going right as you go into Winterton(R600),this is the Champagne valley. You will pass KwaZulu Weavers and Candles,Waffle Hut and Midlands Garden Centre on your left,a ‘must visit ‘place.Traveling further up the R600 to a 4 way stop where on one corner you will find Thokozisa.This is a curios shopping centre with many small shops and a restaurant.Jewelery,metalwork,beadwork,plants,information centre, Décor and materials,herb preparations and much more.Fourrivers Adventures, provides fun on quad bikes, go garts, river rafting and the skill of archery. Further along the R600 is bowling, bee keeping displays, and African Loom at Ardmore. From here, as the tourist travels further along the R600, towards Monk’s Cowl one enters the golfers paradise, having a choice of several golf courses, including Champagne Sports Resort’s, international golf course ,where you play golf in a magnificent scenic setting. Canopy Tours are organised at Drakensberg Sun Hotel. Still travelling up the ChampagneValley one reaches the Internationally acclaimed Drakensberg Boys Choir.(Recital - wednesday afternoon at 3.30pm during school term.(Booking is advised Check if choir is resident). Even further along the R600, is a Bird’s of Prey display. These shows are at,10.30 am, every day, except Friday. Tourists are amazed at the Birds and what they can do.(Shows are not held in rainy or windy weather.) Eventually you will reach Monk’s Cowl where you can hike and sight see. All these and more activities are enjoyed, in a marvellous picturesque setting. You may be staying in accommodation in the Champagne valley and perhaps have to reverse the directions or just enjoy a few of the attractions/activities in the area close by.eg Helicopter flights at Champagne Sport Resort and Dragons Peak.
This route can be enjoyed by visitors to the Winterton,Injisuthi,Spionkop Dam area ,Bergville, Geluksburg,Cathedral Peak and Didima area, Northern Drakensberg, and Ladysmith.
Route 12. Travel from Champagne valley or from Winterton, towards Thokozisa,4 way stop, and turn right or left (depending upon which way you approach), towards Loskop, where you can visit the Bata shoe factory. Then turn right towards Injisuthi.(+/- 24 kms).At Injisuthi you are quite remote and at one with nature. You can go hiking and sight seeing. Venture to see the Trogan Wall (3354 m), the Injisuthi Triplets or Mafadi (3450m), which is the highest point in South Africa. You could also hike to the ‘Battle Cave’ where you will see Bushmans paintings and models of Bushman, their utensils and how they lived. Unfortunately the only way back to your accommodation, is via the route you came.
Route 13. At Winterton, in the morning you can visit the Winterton Museum, visit the Suirrels where they cook anf coat nuts with the most delicious coating. In the afternoon one can visit Spionkop Game reserve with rhinos,giraffe,zebra ,lots of Buck. Tourists have the pleasure of horse-riding amongst the animals ,as the horses graze among the animals and the guide knows where the different types of animals are at different times of the day.(Booking essential).
Route 14. From the R74 (Northern Drakensberg) or Bergville, via the R616,the Tourist can visit the Anglo Boer War battle site of Spionkop known as ‘The acre of Massacre’) 24th Jan 1900. This site is very eerie and sad, as there are many mass graves and commemorative headstones, remembering the many that died in this tragic battle. After which the historian/tourist can venture into Ladysmith, see Ladysmith Anglo Boerwar Museum, with its many artefacts and models depicting many historical events, especially the ‘Siege of Ladysmith’.(Nov 2,1899).A visit to other battle sites near Ladysmith ie. Burger Monument, Caesar’s Point, Gandhi’s Monument and where the Battle of Wagon Hill was fought, triggers a person’s enthusiasm to discover more. From Ladysmith, the tourist can travel along the R103, to Colenso, where the Battle of Colenso Heights was fought and the Gun emplacement at the Bottom of the Pass which was so crucial for the siege of Ladysmith. Also where so many Irish men, lost their lives, at the “Battle of the Loop” of the Tugela. From here one would, then travel to Clouston, to see the Garden of Remembrance, and to Chevieley, where Winston Churchill was captured in15 Nov 1899. The return journey takes you, along a back road from Colenso,over the N3 to Winterton ,where you can either turn right onto the R74 and then onto the R600 to return to the Champagne Valley or carry on the R74 towards Bergville and onto the Northern Drakensberg.
Route 15. Anglo Boer War Battle sites
The starting point can be from anywhere in the Northern Drakensberg, Central Drakensberg, Winterton, Bergville, and Geluksburg, one can visit the Anglo Boer War Battle sites below.
1.Spionkop ( Acre of Massacre) Jan 24th 1900.
2. Battle of Colenso(Dec15th 1899) Colenso Heights and the Gun emplacements, where monuments stand representing the places guns were positioned by the British General Hildeyard to control the attack on Colenso. (The Boer soldiers took 10 of the guns.
3.Clouston (Garden of Remembrance)
4. Chevievely,where Winston Churchill was captured.
6.Siege Museum at Ladysmith and the Burger Monument.
7.Battle of Wagon Hill and Caesar’s Point.
8.Retief’s Rock,Kerkenberg,Monument to the Kaalvoet Vrou (Barefoot woman).
9.If one wishes to venture further it is possible to the site of the Battle of Talana ( Talana Museum) and the site of the Battle of Blood river.Feb 27 1838.
Full Day Historical Trips
1. 1 to 5. above
2. 6 , 2 , 3. 4. 1. above
3. 8 , 1 above