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Mkhomazi Wilderness Area, uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

McKenzie's Cave, Mhkomazi Wilderness Area, KwaZulu-NatalThe Mkhomazi Wilderness Area covers 54000 Ha of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Access is via the KwaZulu-Natal towns of Nottingham Road, Himeville and Underberg. This area is not as well known as the northern part of the park but is ruggedly beautiful nonetheless. The heritage of the area goes back to the wars between the local San tribes and the white settlers.

There are four separate reserves in this wilderness area and each one of them has a number of hikes, some of which can be done in a few hours and others over 2 days.

This wilderness area is characterized by deep valleys, soaring buttresses with peaks reaching over 3000m dominating the escarpment. A number of caves can be found in the area including the huge McKenzie Caves, used by hikers to overnight.

The Highmoor, Lotheni, Kamberg (known for its excellent trout fishing) and Vergelegen Nature Reserves are contained within this wilderness area which was proclaimed in 1973.

Nearby towns are Himeville and Underberg


From the N3 (south) turn off at the Nottingham Road off-ramp and proceed to Rosetta, through Nottingham Road. From Rosetta take the Kamberg/Giant’s Castle road for 31 km where a signboard, 200 m beyond the Kamberg sign, indicates the route to Highmoor. Travelling from the north on the N3, turn off at Mooi River, then to Rosetta and thereafter as described.

Permits are not required for day visits. For overnight stays or information, contact: the Officer-in-Charge at +27 (0)33 266 6444 or 072 820 5958 (Mr Khoza) or e-mail Please note that when Mr Khoza is patrolling he may not have reception, so an SMS may also work.

More info on the town of Underberg More info on the Drakensberg area

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