|To: The Northern Drakensberg
Route 1: Travel to Bergville via the R 341 and R 616 at the cross roads turn right and travel towards Oliviershoek Pass. At the bottom of the Oliviershoek pass turn left towards the Royal Natal National Park. Visit the information centre there, for information of all the hike's and places of interest. eg Cascades walk, Tiger Falls, Gorge walk and the Chain Ladder etc. Book to see Bushman paintings(guided hike. )Trout fishing in the dam. (bring your own rod and permit. ) Fishing and horse-riding can also be done near Rugged Glen (Booking is essential). A day can easiliy be spent here, but if you have time to spare. Come out of the R. N. N. P. and visit Thandanani Curios centre and return home around the back of Woodford Dam.
Route 2: Follow the above directions but at the bottom of Oliviershoek Pass turn right and follow the signs for the Drakensberg Pump Storage scheme. On nearing the Power Station there is an Enviromental Centre. They have Tours of the Power Station, morning and afternoon during the week. (Booking essential).
Route 3: Travel to Bergville via the R 341 and R 616 at the cross roads go straight across. This leads you to Amazizi via the back of Woodstock Dam (fishing). On this route you can visit Zimisela Curios centre and Mnweni Cultural Centre. (Tour Guides can be arranged at Mnweni to take you on further Tours and Guided hikes of the Peaks around Mnweni).
Route 4: Adventure day spent at 'All out Adventures'. Travel to Bergville via the R 341 and R 616 at the cross roads turn right and travel towards Oliviershoek Pass. At the bottom of the Oliviershoek pass turn left Travel +/- 9 kms turn right towards the Caverns and Alpine Heath. Along this road on the left is 'All out Adventures'. Trapeze training, quad biking, paintball, trampolele work and much more(booking essential).
Route 5: Follow the above directions . Pass All out Adventures and go to the end of this road. This leads you to the Caverns. Book a visit to their Spa is essential.
Route 6: Travel to Bergville via the R 341 and R 616 at the cross roads go straight across. Travel towards Mnweni Cultural Centre road and spaghetti junction. (sight seeing or 4 x 4 route). This road then leads to Cathedral Peak and Didima . You will be able to go hiking at Cathedral Peak. You will be able to hike to Rainbow Gorge, Doreen Falls and travel via 4 x 4 to Mike's Pass. Helicopter rides and golf , can be booked at Cathedral Peak Hotel.
Route 7: Travel to Bergville via the R 341 and R 616 at the cross roads turn right and travel towards Oliviershoek Pass. Travel up Olivershoek Pass, visit the monument of the Kaalvoet Vrou, RetiefKlip, Kerkenberg . Go fishing at Sterkfontien dam. or venture further onto the Bethlehem road to Glen Garriff, just outside Harrismith to a game farm to see lions and perhaps Red deer.
Route 8: Take the same route and travel up Olivershoek Pass, visit the monument of the Kaalvoet Vrou, Retief Klip, Kerkenberg. Follow the road round towards Tintwa and the Lost valley (only two land formation like this in South Africa, the other being at Oudshoorn in the Western Cape. ) Travel down Middledale Pass to Geluksburg.
Route 9: From the Homestead , the tourist can travel along the Gekusburg road, ( P341), to Kwaggashoek Game Ranch( 18 kms) Enjoy 2 hour game drive seeing White and Black Rhinos, Giraffe, Eland, Hippos zebra, Warthogs and many rare species of Game. (Game drives can be arranged. Drives at 9am and 3 pm - Booking essential). Beside Kwaggashoek Game Ranch Gate is Bezuidenhout's Pass. This is a 4 x 4 or 4 x 2 and diff-lock trail. You can experience this pass with a 4 x4 vehicle, off-road motor bike or a mountan bike. After venturing up the Pass turn right and travel 15 kms to a 'T'junction. You can then turn right for +/- 6kms , then right , travel +/-10 kms, then turn right you are now going to travel down Middledale Pass to Geluksburg and back to the Homestead
Cathedral Peak and Didima San Art Centre
Route 10: Travel to Bergville via the R 341 and R 616 at the cross roads turn left and travel towards Winterton on the R74 for 1 km out of Bergville, turn right to Cathedral Peak and Didima where you will find Didima San Art Centre and can learn about the Bushman, their history and culture.
Route 11: Travel to Bergville via the R 341 and R 616 at the cross roads turn left and travel towards Winterton on the R74. Turn right as you go into Winterton(R600), this is the Champagne valley. You will pass KwaZulu Weavers and Candles, Waffle Hut and Midlands Garden Centre on your left, a 'must visit 'place. As you travel further up the R600 there is a 4 way stop where on one corner you will find Thokozisa. This is a curios shopping centre with many small shops and a restaurant. Jewelery, metalwork, beadwork, plants, information centre, Décor and materials, herb preparations and much more. Fourrivers Adventures, provides fun on quad bikes, go garts, river rafting and the skill of archery . They also have Canopy Tours near the Drakensberg Sun Hotel. Further along the R600 is bowling, bee keeping displays, and African Loom at Ardmore. From here, as the tourist travels further along the R600, towards Monk's Cowl one enters the golfers paradise, having a choice of several golf courses, including Champagne Sports Resort's, international golf course , where you play golf in a magnificent scenic setting. Still travelling up the ChampagneValley one reaches the Internationally acclaimed Drakensberg Boys Choir. (Recital - wednesday afternoon at 3. 30pm during school term. (Booking is advised Check if choir is resident). Even further along the R600, is a Falcon Ridge Bird's of Prey display. These shows are at, 10. 30 am, every day, except Friday. Tourists are amazed at the Birds and what they can do. (Shows are not held in rainy or windy weather. ) Eventually you will reach Monk's Cowl where you can hike and sight see. All these and more activities are enjoyed, in a marvellous picturesque setting.
Route 12: Follow the same route as far as the 4 way stop by Thokozisa turn left , towards Loskop, where you can visit the Bata shoe factory. Then turn right towards Injisuthi. (+/- 24 kms). At Injisuthi you are quite remote and at one with nature. You can go hiking and sight seeing. Venture to see the Trogan Wall (3354 m), the Injisuthi Triplets or Mafadi (3450m), which is the highest point in South Africa. You could also hike to the 'Battle Cave' where you will see Bushmans paintings and models of Bushman, their utensils and how they lived. Unfortunately the only way back to 'The Homestead' , is via the route you came.
Route 13: As previously stated follow the route to Winterton, where in the morning you can visit the Winterton Museum, visit the Squirrels where they cook andcoat nuts with the most delicious coating. In the afternoon one can visit Spionkop Game reserve with rhinos, giraffe, zebra , lots of Buck. Tourists have the pleasure of horse-riding amongst the animals , as the horses graze among the animals and the guide knows where the different types of animals are at different times of the day. (Booking essential).
Route 14: From 'The Homestead' via the R616, the Tourist can visit the Anglo Boer War battle site of Spionkop known as 'The acre of Massacre') 24th Jan 1900. This site is very eerie and sad, as there are many mass graves and commemorative headstones, remembering the many that died in this tragic battle. After which the historian/tourist can venture into Ladysmith, see Ladysmith Anglo Boer-war Museum, with its many artifacts and models depicting many historical events, especially the 'Siege of Ladysmith'. (Nov 2, 1899). A visit to other battle sites near Ladysmith ie. Burger Monument, Caesar's Point, Gandhi's Monument and where the Battle of Wagon Hill was fought, triggers a person's enthusiasm to discover more. From Ladysmith, the tourist can travel along the R103, to Colenso, where the Battle of Colenso Heights was fought and the Gun emplacement at the Bottom of the Pass which was so crucial for the siege of Ladysmith. Also where so many Irish men, lost their lives, at the “Battle of the Loop” of the Tugela. From here one would, then travel to Clouston, to see the Garden of Remembrance, and to Chevieley, where Winston Churchill was captured in15 Nov 1899. The return journey takes you, along a back road from Colenso, over the N3 to Winterton , where you can either turn right onto the R74, back to Bergville and the Homestead.
Anglo Boer War Battle sites
Route 15: (Ask for a map at The Homestead to show where thes places are. )
- Spionkop (Acre of Massacre) Jan 24th 1900.
- Battle of Colenso (Dec15th 1899) Colenso Heights and the Gun emplacements, where monuments stand representing the places guns were positioned by the British General Hildeyard to control the attack on Colenso. (The Boer soldiers took 10 of the guns.
- Clouston (Garden of Remembrance)
- Chevievely, where Winston Churchill was captured.
- Winterton Museum.
- Siege Museum at Ladysmith and the Burger Monument.
- Battle of Wagon Hill and Caesar's Point.
- Retief's Rock, Kerkenberg, Monument to the Kaalvoet Vrou (Barefoot woman).
- If one wishes to venture further it is possible to the site of the Battle of Talana ( Talana Museum) and the site of the Battle of Blood river. Feb 27 1838.