Feel like an archaeologist in an ancient treasure chest. Just south of Estcourt, Makhabeni hill in the reserve has one of the oldest Iron Age sites in the province. The name is derived from the a drift through the Bushman’s River used by transport wagons on route to the Witwatersrand’s gold fields. The Wagendrift dam is a good spot for water sports or lazy days on a boat.

Main attractions

  • Birding
  • The dam, resident yacht club and water activities

We were immediately captivated by the beautiful setting: undulating grassland, wooded kloofs and the imposing ramparts of the Drakensberg to the west.

– Mark and Christal Dumbleton, Wild 23


  • Fresh water fishing
  • Guided cultural walks
  • Boating

Top sightings: Impala, bushbuck, mountain reedbuck, black wildebeest, zebra, Verreaux’s eagle

Accommodation: Cottages, camping

Gate times: October – March 05:00 – 19:00, April – September 06:00 – 18:00

Nearest centre: Estcourt is 7km away (about 5 minutes).

Contact reserve: +27 (0)36 352 5520

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

Visit Wagendrift Nature Reserve’s home page.