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Antbear Guest House is rated as the TOP Drakensberg accommodation. Superb food, comfortable and artisticly styled this boutique hotel is perfectly positioned to experience all that the Drakensberg has to offer.


Northern Drakensberg
- Royal Natal
- Cathedral Peak
- Bergville
- Ladysmith
- Oliviershoek
- Van Reenen

Central Drakensberg
- Monks Cowl
- Champagne Valley
- Injasuti
- Giants Castle
- Highmoor
- Kamberg
- Winterton
- Estcourt
- Mooi River
- Weenen

Southern Drakensberg
- Lotheni
- Vergelegen
- Sani Pass
- Cobham
- Bushmans Nek
- Drakensberg Gardens
- Underberg
- Himeville

Natal Midlands
- Rosetta
- Nottingham Road
- Balgowan
- Howick
- Lidgetton
- Currys Post
- Karkloof
- Lions River
- Fort Nottingham
- Hilton
- Dargle

Drakensberg Attractions
- Bushman Rock Art
- Hiking Trails
- Hot air ballooning
- Horse trails
- Helicopter & Microlight flights
- Restaurants
- Arts & Crafts
- Drakensberg Boys Choir
- Canopy Tours
- Midlands Meander
- Fly Fishing
- Game Viewing
- Golf
- White Water rafting
- Birding
- Quad Biking
- 4x4 Offroad trails
- Battlefield Tours
- Wine Tasting
- Museums
- Bicycle tours
- Abseiling
- Wellness & Spas



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Fly Fishing in the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands

The Drakensberg and Natal Midlands are the perfect destination for fly fishing for trout in both Dams and rivers. But what also makes the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands interesting is that there is also the option to fly fish for the indigenous yellow fish.

Fly Fishing in the Drakensberg

  • Royal Natal National Park has two stocked dams are available for fly fishing - the scenic 2 hectare RNNP Dam and the 1 hectare Rugged Glen Dam -. No boats or float tubes are allowed on the dams. The Mahai River provides stream fishing. Day permits for the dams (limit two fish) and for the river (limit three fish). Kept fish may not be less than 200 millimetres.
  • Cathedral Peak to Champagne Castle. The area about 30 km south-east of Royal Natal is drained by two rivers - the Mlambonjwa and the Sterkspruit. The Mlambonjwa trverses forestry ground but is under control of the KZNNCS which has an office on site where day permits to fish the river may be purchased. For details cal (036) 488-1880.
  • The adjoining Sterkspruit Valley is probably the most popular tourist playground area in the Berg and is well provided with hotels and other accommodation. KZNNCS maintains an office and a public campground near or at the former Monk's Cowl Forestry Station. Fishing in the Sterkspruit is not particularly rewarding.giants castle fly fishing
  • Injasuti is the next main valley to the north of Giants Castle that contains the eNjesuthi River which has several kilometres of trout fishing. There is a daily rod fee and the bag limit is two fish.
  • Highlands Estates
    The farm is situated 10 km north of Mooi River on the R103. It offers fishing on a 7hectare dam from the banks or from boats or float tubes. For further information call (033) 263-2006 or 082 573 4350.
  • Killarney Country Lodge
    This fishery is 17 km from Mooi River on the Giants Castle road. It has a 2 hectare dam stocked with browns and rainbows. day fishing is permitted. For full details call (033) 263-2510.
  • Broad Moor Trout Lodge
    The two dams of 35 and 7 hectares are stocked with rainbows and browns. Day fishing is permitted. For information, fishing fees and directions call (033) 263-2437
  • Tierhoek Trout
    Tierhoek has one large and three smaller dams of less than 1 hectare. It has day-fishing facilities call (033) 263-2439
  • Highmoor Dams
    The Little Mooi River rises in the high wetlands of the Highmoor State Forest, a proclaimed wilderness area. The river has been dammed at an altitude of 2000 metres to create two still-waters - Salmo (6 hectares) and Kamloops (1 hectare). The fishing is highly rated and KZNNCS limits it to a maximum of 500 rod-days per year with no more than six anglers daily. Float tubes are permitted but, owing to the environmental sisitivity of the area, no cars may proceed beyond a designated area. This means that you will have to carry your tube and tackle for approximately 400 metres to Kamloops and double that distance to Salmo. The fishing season is closed from 1st June to 31st October each year. The latter date is somewhat flexible as it is determined by the breeding progress of the endangered wattled cranes which nest in the area.
  • Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
    This fishery on the Little Mooi River is just below Highmoor. In addition to its own section of stream it has access to other river beats as well as twenty dams. For full information call (033) 263-7430.
  • Ratsey Farm
    The Ratseys are about 13 km from Rosetta on the Kamberg road. They have three dams, one of which is a trophy dam. It is a day-ticket fishery. For details of fees and directions call (033)263-7024.
  • Riverside
    The 5 kilometre section of the Mooi River, between the two portions of Kamberg, is on the farm Riverside and it is open to the public. In addition to stream fishing, Riverside also has four dams ranging from 0,5 to 5 hectares in size. phone (033) 263-7245.
  • Kamberg Nature Reserve
    The Reserve straddles the upper Mooi River and is the most popular fly-fishing venue controlled be KZNNCS. The total length of river available to vicitors is approximately 13 km. Kamberg also has six dams ranging in size from 0,3 to 3,5 hectares. Boats or float tubes are not permitted. A day permit is R50 per angler is required. The daily bag limit is three fish of any size per angler on the dams and ten on the river. call (033) 263-7251.
  • Loteni Nature Reserve Situated on the Lotheni River about 15 Kilometres north-west of the Lotheni bridge on the road from Himeville to Nottingham Road. The Lotheni runs through the Reserve for about 8 km and carries brown trout. Day permits are available. For more information contact the camp office at (033) 702-0540.
  • The Southern Drakensberg of KwaZulu-Natal affords a greater variety of fly fishing opportunities than any other district in South Africa for here flow the lyric Mzimkhulu, Pholela and Mkhomazi, the Ngwangwane and Ndawana, the Mzimkhulwana and Mkhomazana to mention but a few. Into this well-watered mountainland of towering peaks and tumbling rivers, are set the twin villages of Underberg and Himeville; long the hub of a trout-fishing mecca that extends from the Lotheni River in the north-east, to the Ndawana, and beyond, in the south-west . This is the district where, from rivers, wild-spawned fish of up to 4 kilograms are taken and, from the dams, fish of 5 kilograms.
  • Underberg Himeville Trout Fishing Club. Wherever you might stay in the Southern Drakensberg, angling available through the Underberg Himeville Trout Fishing Club (UHTFC) is never far away. The club controls the fishing rights on 62 dams and approximately 160 kilometres of frontage on five rivers. Visiting anglers may fish certain of the dams by prior arrangement. The UHTFC offices in the Unterberg Country Club are open from 08:00 to 10:00 daily throughout the year. The Club Manager, (033) 701-1042, can provide all the necessary information.
  • Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve a registered Site of Conservation Significance forms an enclave within the Drakensberg Park. It has a 25 hectare lake on the Mzimkhulwana River with a self-sustaining population of rainbow and brown trout. The lake has produced fish touching 5 kilograms.
  • Penwarn Country Lodge has a complex of nine dams (the largest covers 40 hectares) containing trout and bass, as well as access to 8 kilometres of frontage on two streams.
  • Coleford Nature Reserve is a favourite family destination for trout fishermen, Coleford has reopened under new management and is now privately run. It is an ideal venue for Families and beginners. Besides five smallish dams, that are easy to reach and fish, Coleford has a prime stretch on the confluence of the Ngangwane and Ndawana rivers. Call (033) 701-1982 for information on fishing