A remote mountain sanctuary situated in the southern Drakensberg, where bird watching, mountain biking, hiking and fishing tempt the outdoor enthusiast. In addition, swimming in the Lotheni River is safe (if it’s not in flood) though it can be a little chilly! Lotheni is known for its spectacular scenery and hiking, so you would be missing out if you did not head out on a trail for at least a few hours.

Main attractions

  • Swimming in the river and rock pools
  • Hiking one of the scenic trails
  • Settler’s Museum for insight into early settler farming life

Wild brown trout can be caught in the spectacular but chilly Lotheni River. The fish are skittish, so offer great sport for skilled anglers. This is a remote section of the Drakensberg and the scenery is magnificent. If you grow tired of fishing, there are a lot of great hiking trails.

– Nick Dall, Wild 21


  • Mountain biking
  • Fresh water fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Game viewing
  • Birding

Top sightings: Common, grey and mountain reedbuck, black stork, lanner falcon, bearded vulture, eland, oribi, Cape clawless otter, baboons

Accommodation: Cottage, hutted camp, camping

Gate times: Saturday – Thursday 06:00 – 18:00, Friday 07:00 – 19:00

Nearest centre: Himeville is 45km away on a dirt road (about 40 minutes).

Know before you go

  • Hikers must complete the Mountain Rescue Register on arrival.
  • Carry warm clothes at all times when out on a trail as the weather can change instantly.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)33 702 0540

Ezemvelo Central Reservations: +27 (0)33 845 1000, [email protected]

Visit Lotheni Nature Reserve’s home page.