Kamberg Nature Reserve

Kamberg Nature Reserve is within the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park and is situated centrally in the foothills of the mountains

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Kamberg Nature Reserve

Kamberg Nature Reserve, one of the smallest of the KZN Wildlife resorts, lies in the foothills of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park - one of the easiest reserves to visit from the northern reaches of the Midlands Meander (Nottingham Road and Mooi River).

The reserve lies at the end of a horseshoe-shaped valley on the banks of the Mooi River. It is well known for a number of reasons: the scenically appealing Clarens Sandstone that is a feature of the reserve; trout fishing, for which there is a hatchery open to the public and a number of dams stocked with rainbow trout; manageable hikes (that are not too steep); and impressive rock art, particularly the Game Pass Shelter.

Kamberg's Rock Art Centre deserves a mention. Run by the local Tandela community it offers daily tours that incorporate a relatively easy guided 3.5 km walk to Game Pass Cave (for those who cannot manage the walk, a multimedia centre screens a visual tour of the walk). Waterfall Shelter, a second cave filled with San rock art, is close enough to visit as well. Visitors describe the rock art as vivid, and the tour as impressive.

For rock art enthusiasts the Kranses group of caves, a 12 km round trip, is a highlight. The narrow sheltered rock wall is awash with paintings of eland and some scenes depicting a group of people carrying shields (the San did not use shields and it is likely that these rock art paintings depict the Amazizi who lived peacefully alongside the San).

The self-catering accommodation, basic but neat, is not far from a well maintained dam for flyfishing, and the plentiful waterfalls in the reserve are perfect for mid-morning swims. Weather, as with any stay in the 'berg, is variable and you will need to take all-weather clothing.

To get there, turn off the N3 at Mooi River, take the R103 to Rosetta and then follow the signs to Kamberg.

Popular Activities in and near Kamberg Nature Reserve

Sinclair's Cave Hike

There are two routes to reach Sinclair's Cave either from Mkhomazi or from the Kamberg Game Reserve's hutted camp. Taking the Kamberg Route can include Game Pass Shelter, famous for its rock art paintings, but to see them you need...

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Roman Baths Hike

Roman Baths is a wonderful pool for swimming in the Kamberg Reserve, an unfrequented nature reserve in the reaches of Mooi River, on the Midlands Meander. To reach the reserve entails a drive along an uneven dirt road via the villages of...

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Gladstone Nose Trail

The highest point of Kamberg Nature Reserve is Gladstone's Nose, although even it is not particularly high in relation to other peaks of the Drakensberg. For this reason, Kamberg is best known for its bird life, of which there is an abundance...

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Trout Fishing at Glengarry

Where? Kamberg
Glengarry has two kilometers of river fishing - open in season, and two stocked dams which are open all year round. Gear may be hired, and a limited stock of flies are also available. Trout first came to Natal in 1882 in the form of some 10,000 ova...

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Did you know?

The rock art of the Drakensberg is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in Africa south of the Sahara and is outstanding both in quality and diversity of subject.

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