In the 'hood, Bergville as a destination

Equidistant from Johannesburg and Durban, the pretty little town of Bergville, also known as the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg, lies on Route 74 - the more scenic alternative to the Toll Road. This route takes you via the Oliviershoek Pass, traditionally used to access the 'berg, from Johannesburg and through Winterton from Durban. Essentially an agricultural and trading centre, ... cont.

District Road D119, Bergville District, 3350, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Directions to Sungubala Eco Camp

From Gauteng:
• Take the N3 toward Durban
• Head southeast on N3
• Travel 257 km
• At Harrismith take the N5 exit towards Bethlehem
• Travel 4,8 km
• Turn left onto R74 Towards Qwa-Qwa
• Travel 8,6 km
• Turn left to stay on R74 towards Bergville
• Travel 35,9 km down the Oliviershoek Pass
• NB road works section for the next 14 km
• Turn right towards Northern Drakensberg
• Travel 7,3 km
• Turn right towards The Cavern
• Travel 9.7km
• Turn right and travel 1.7km to the Camp

From Durban:
• Head west on N3 toward Johannesburg
• Travel 183 km
• Take exit 194 for R74 toward R103 Bergville
• Turn left onto R74 toward Bergville
• Travel 71,7 km (30km beyond Bergville)
• Turn left towards Northern Drakensberg
• Travel 7,3 km
• Turn right towards The Cavern
• Travel 9,7 km
• Turn right
• Travel 1,7 km

Alternate Route to Sungubala – N3 via Bergville:
The R74 abandoned roadworks is not suitable at night or for cars with low profile tyres or without good clearance. If you dont want to use the R74, please use the alternate route through Bergville. Note that this does not apply if you are travelling from Durban / KZN. This only applies for travelers from Gauteng or the Freestate.

N3 to Bergville, back to Sungubala:
• Arrive in Harrismith
• Drive on toward Ladysmith (N3)
• After 53km follow the original N3 not the alternate route
• After another 17km take the off ramp and turn right toward Bergville
• Drive 33km to Bergville
• Turn right toward Harrismith
• Drive 30km to the Northern Berg turn off
• Turn left
• Travel 7km
• Turn right towards The Cavern / Alpine Heath
• Travel 9,7 km
• Turn right at Royal Drakensberg School
• Travel 1,7 km on a dirt track to the camp

Sungubala to Harrismith via Bergville and N3 toll:
• Arrive at R74 from Sungubala
• Turn right to Bergville
• Travel 30km
• At Bergville turn left towards Ladysmith
• Travel 33km
• At N3 take left on ramp to Toll N3 North
• Travel 17km
• Pay Toll
• N3 joins the alternate route from Ladysmith
• Travel up Van Reenens Pass
• After 53km arrive in Harrismith and continue your journey


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  • Fishing
  • Golf course(s)
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Quad biking
  • Swimming

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