Underberg, Drakensberg

Right at the foot of the majestic mountains of the southern Drakensberg, Underberg is a little town that exudes a lot of charm. In fact, it has the kind of ethereal beauty that can only come from looming mountains, lush greenery, and the endless blue of African skies. This part of KwaZulu-Natal is supremely tranquil, but also offers so much in the way of trails and outdoors adventures.

Underberg is small but is a popular tourist town, thanks to its natural beauty, its own generous offering of things to do and see, and its ideal position in the heart of KZN. This is a stunning destination for nature-lovers and anyone that wants to experience the healing and restorative effects of the outdoors. And, during South African winters (which officially extend from June to August), Underberg and the mountains around are laden in a magical snow duvet.

Visitors that stay in Underberg have a huge variety of activities and attractions from which to choose. This area is best known and loved for its:

Fly Fishing

Underberg and neighbouring Himeville are famous for fly fishing. In fact, this area is one of the most popular and rewarding destinations in the country for trout fishing. There are loads of rivers running through the southern Drakensberg, and there are also around 60 well-stocked lakes and dams.


There are so many walking, hiking and mountain biking trails through and below the mountains of the Drakensberg. These offer you the ideal opportunities to explore the area while making the most of the crisp mountain air and the glorious South African sunshine.


Underberg and its surrounds are teeming with wildlife and bird-watchers are spoilt with impressive variety. Look out for the blue, grey-crowned and wattled cranes; as well as the Drakensberg siskin, orange ground-thrush, blue swallow, Drakensberg rock-jumper, southern black tit, Gurney’s sugarbird, crowned eagle, bearded vulture, Cape vulture, and mangrove kingfisher.

River Sports

With all these rivers winding their way through the countryside, visitors love spending summer days tubing, stand-up paddling, swimming and rafting.

Nearby Attractions

The Underberg is ideally positioned, surrounded by some fantastic attractions. Some of these include:

• Garden Castle Nature Reserve
• Coleford Nature Reserve
• Highover Wildlife Sanctuary
• Himeville Nature Reserve
• Impendle Nature Reserve
• Mzimkhulu Wilderness Area
• A number of acclaimed and popular golf courses

Once you’re done exploring the outdoors and enjoying some of South Africa’s most impressive flora and fauna, head to the town of Underberg to savour a hearty meal at one of its pubs or restaurants. There is an array of accommodation in Underberg available here too; ranging from intimate B & B’s to opulent suites on the golf courses. This really is the ideal destination for an adventure getaway, a family holiday, or a private retreat.

Travellers' Reviews

2 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Unique places to visit. Pucketty Farm, drive along Drak Gardens, and visit Underberg Cheesery, Vanilla Rose are places to be explored. River tubing at Umzimkulu River Lodge is a must. Himeville Arms, Museum, and Just Art are interesting places.

Renee Surmon (Mtunzini)

Verified reviewvery good

Underberg is such a cute little getaway. Obviously, the Drakensberg surrounds make the scenery just perfect, but this town is also a nice attraction in itself.

Valerie (Port Edward)

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