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.
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.
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.
Popular Activities in Cobham State Forest
Sani Pass 4x4 Trail
Where? Sani Pass
Just 20 kilometres from the town of Underberg, the Sani Pass Trail is 45 kilometres long that takes drivers over an exciting combination of rocks, boulders, gravel, mud and even areas that have succumbed to rock falls. In the winter, ice and snow are common...
More info and contact details: Sani Pass 4x4 Trail
Giantís Cup Hiking Trail
Where? from Himeville
This hike runs along the foothills of the gorgeous Drakensberg range of mountains, mainly through the Cobham and Garden Castle reserves. Views here are to die for. Along the trail there are rock pools, rivers (six rivers rush though the valley), caves and...
More info and contact details: Giantís Cup Hiking Trail
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