Lotheni Nature Reserve

A remote mountain sanctuary in the Southern Drakensberg

A remote mountain sanctuary situated in the southern uKhahlamba-Drakensburg Park, where mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and fishing tempt the outdoor enthusiast.

Covering 3 984 ha, the reserve is home to a variety of wildlife including species such as Common, grey and mountain reedbuck, black stork, lanner falcon, bearded vulture, eland, oribi, Cape clawless otter, baboons. In addition, swimming in the Lotheni River is safe (if it’s not in flood) though it can be a little chilly! Accommodation is available in either cottages, hutted camps or camping.

Attractions & Activities

  • Swimming in the river and rock pools
  • Hiking one of the scenic trails
  • Settler’s Museum for insight into early settler farming life
  • Mountain biking
  • Fresh water fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Game viewing & Birding

Know before you go

  • Hikers must complete the Mountain Rescue Register on arrival.
  • Carry warm clothes at all times when out on a trail as the weather can change instantly.

The Gelib Tree Mountain Bike Trail

A simple mountain bike trail has been established in the reserve that consists of single track and tar road – approximately 14km.

The 8 km Mountain Bike Trail section starts close to the camp and crosses over several small streams, taking one up and down a few fairly steep, winding gradients. Once on the grassland plateau, breathtaking views of the surrounding escarpment can be absorbed at length.

The historic Gelib Tree is passed on route and is an ideal rest point. The trail ends near the reserves entrance gate and a short ride in the direction of the camp brings one to the day visitor area. Here the museum buildings may be visited and barbeque facilities are also available. A short stroll down to the river ends in the Flat Rock pools where a refreshing swim can be enjoyed. The energetic cyclist can cycle a further four kilometres along the tar road back to the camp. Alternatively family or friends can meet cyclists at the museum. No extra charge is presently levied for use of the Mountain Bike Trail.

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Gate times: Saturday – Thursday 06:00 – 18:00, Friday 07:00 – 19:00

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