- Cathedral Peak
- Van Reenen
- Monks Cowl
- Champagne Valley
- Giants Castle
- Mooi River
- Sani Pass
- Bushmans Nek
- Drakensberg Gardens
- Nottingham Road
- Currys Post
- Lions River
- Fort Nottingham
- Bushman Rock
- Hiking Trails
- Hot air
- Horse trails
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- Canopy Tours
- Midlands Meander
- Fly Fishing
- Game Viewing
- White Water rafting
- 4x4 Offroad trails
- Battlefield Tours
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- Wellness & Spas
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.
- 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)
- 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.
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