Cobham State Forest, KwaZulu Natal
Cobham is situated in the Southern part of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, and is approximately 150 km from Pietermaritzburg.
Dominated by Hodgson's Peaks which enclose the Giants Cup, Cobham is a 52,000 ha section of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park in the southern 'berg adjacent to Himeville Village.
Cobham State Forest area is dominated by vast expanses of grassland which turn from emerald green in spring and summer to shades of gold, brown and purple in autumn and winter. The grasslands are interspersed with rocky outcrops / boulders, streams and rivers and indigenous forests. The area has large numbers of small upland lakes or tarns and there is an area in Cobham called the Lake District.
This beautiful part of the southern Drakensberg with an abundance of tree ferns along its rivers and occassional dense stands of Protea dracomontana on the little Berg slopes and knolls has much to offer the hiker.
In the secluded valleys hikers are likely to see Cape Clawless otter and herds of eland well as a large variety of other animals and birds. Cobham has some of the best rock art sites south of the Didima valley and it is possible to hire a guide to visit a selection of them.
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The many Cobham Hiking Trails range from gentle ambles to extremely strenous day and overnight hikes. The area also has many large, scenic caves that are suitable for overnighting. Water is found near to most of the caves. Booking of the caves is essential.