Walks and Trails

Marutswa Forest - Trails and Boardwalk
Bulwer KZN

Marutswa Forest

The forest is canopied in subtle and ever changing hues by glorious giant indigenous trees. These provide shelter and food for the many wild forest inhabitants as well as a breath taking sight as you wander the different Forest Trials. The many very large and old Yellowwoods of about the same age and size survived because they were too small to harvest in 1800s. These graceful survivors are the main attractions for our colourful and treasured Cape Parrots, who nest in the hollows and eat their seeds.

Knobwood trees provide a source of lumpy fascination, and the many other species within the forest have an interesting range of traditional uses. On your walk you will also encounter Cabbage trees, White Ironwood; Black stink wood, Sneeze wood, Lemonwood, Wild Currant, Wild Quince and Tree Fuchsia.

The forest hosts a beautiful selection of grasses and wild plants,  which includes many different ferns, very rare ground and tree Orchids, white and orange paint brush lillies.

The forest is home to the solitary and secretive Bush buck. Bush Pig traces are oven seen. The Large spotted Genet nocturnal creature, forage at night for insects and small mammals, resting in tree hollows in the day.

The shy Rock Dassies can often be heard calling from deep within the forest. The endangered and beautiful Natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleons merges cunningly into the foliage of the forest – a real challenge to spot these beauties.

Tel: 071 419 5238

Open: 6am to 4pm every day


GPS :     S 29'48,464'
              E 29'47,054' 

Hikes and Trails


Cobham reserve together with Vergelegen forms one management section of 52 000 ha. Cobham has a number of caves and can be reached 3 to 5 hrs walks from the main offices. With its pristine grasslands and beautiful scenery, looking up at the famous Giant’s cup and Sani’s Pass on the escarpment, Cobham relatively unspoilt, offers many day and overnight walks including Sani’s Pass.

Tel: 033 845 1000 /033 702 0831


Open: (1 Oct – 31 March): 5am – 7pm

(1 April – 30 September): 6am – 6pm

Lotheni Camp

Lotheni (covers 3984 ha),  is situated in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, the exceptional natural landscape also has many cave shelters, delightful walks/hikes, climbs and mountain biking in designated areas, to suits everyone’s fitness level and capabilities. Picnics are very popular and Lotheni has a very good swimming spot at Cool Pools near a spectacular waterfall Jacobs Ladder, reachable within a 2hrs hike. Several other waterfalls and caves are reachable with longer hikes.

Settler’s homestead museum is worth visiting. It hosts an interesting collection of early settler farming implements and home utensils which has been restored and refurnished in the style of the period.

Tel: 033 845 1000 / 033 702 0061


Open: (1 Oct – 31 March): 5am – 7pm

(1 April – 30 September): 6am – 6pm

Giant’s Cup Hiking Trial

The sixty-kilometre, 5 day Giant’s Cup Hiking trail a laid-out trail and makes an excellent introduction to the mountains. The trial starts at Sani’s Pass road, leading through the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg and winding past eroded sandstone formations, overhangs with San paintings, grassy plains, and beautiful valleys with river pools to swim in. No single day hike is longer that 14km.

Tel: 033 845 1000


Open: (1 Oct – 31 March): 5am – 7pm

(1 April – 30 September): 6am – 6pm

Sani’s Pass

Many an adventurer on foot, bicycle or motorbike has conquered the legendary Sani’s pass road itself from South African border to Lesotho border 8km up (3hrs) and 8km down (2hrs30 min) – not for the fainthearted though! Passports essential!

Border times: 6am – 6pm


Coleford Nature Reserve: 033 701 1058

Garden Castle: 033 701 1823

Himeville Nature Reserve: 033 702 0007