Out and About
The Himeville Museum, on the main road through Himeville, is situated in the last fortified laager built in South Africa. Taken over in 1902 by the Natal Mounted Police, it became a prison until 1902, when it was closed down. The historical Society managed to take over the building in 1976, and the museum opened in 1981. It is a large complex and exhibits cover a wide field, not being focused on any period or event. It is reputed to be one of the best rural museums in South Africa. A must see!!
Tel: 033 702 1184
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 3pm.
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.
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.
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.