Underberg

Underberg is a small town located at the foot of the majestic southern Drakensberg in the Kwazulu Natal province. Founded in 1917 when the trail coming from Pietermaritzburg reached this area at the bottom of the 1,904 high Hlogoma Peak. It is now also a sort of trading post for people coming via the Sani Pass from Lesotho.
A cozy and busy place despite the fact that this district mainly lives off agriculture. Especially at Easter when the Splashy Fen Music Festival takes place and hundreds of people go to Underberg to enjoy a fun Easter weekend with music, art, food and drinks.

Together with the Dullstroom area in Mpumalanga, the district of Underberg is a top location for fly fishing. There are more options here than anywhere else in the country, not incomprehensible if you know that the ‘Trout fish club’ has fishing rights here over 160 kilometers of river and 60 dams.

The area is also called the Sani Saunter, a tourist route through this great area that includes the villages of Himeville and Bulwer. It is a paradise of untouched beauty, certainly for those who enjoy active outdoor vacations. Hikers and hikers will enjoy the view of mountains, valleys, rivers and the clean air. The Sani Saunters route runs from Loteni in the north to Bushmans Nek in the south. The rivers here are perfect for swimming, white water rafting and canoeing.

Visit one or more nature parks here:
-Garden Castle State Forest,
located in the southernmost tip of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg park which also includes Bushman’s Nek Valley. A 35,000-hectare reserve dominated by the ‘Rhino’, a rhino-shaped rock formation.

-The Himeville Natuur reservaat, an area of 104 hectares. A must for trout fishermen and nature lovers.

Mzimkhulu Wilderness area, This nature reserve is located west of Underberg on the Lesotho side. Here the rock formations are part of a World Heritage site and you can make exciting hikes.

The Swamp Nature Reserve, located west of Garden Castle State Forest and an area as the name suggests, that protects a large elevated swamp. Located close to the Himeville Nature Reserve where the protected blue swallow and the Cape Parrot can surprise you by appearing quickly in front of your lens.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a park where besides the beautiful nature you can also admire many old rock paintings. The oldest painting goes back 2400 years in time. Many paintings depict people dancing, hunting, fighting and also eating.