Cobham is situated in the Southern Maloti-Drakensberg Park, South Africa’s first cultural and environmental World Heritage Site, and is approximately 150 km from
Pietermaritzburg. The exceptional natural beauty of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site is evident in its soaring basaltic buttresses, golden sandstone ramparts,
rolling high altitude grasslands, steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges. The area has incredibly rich biodiversity including many endemic species.
This reserve is managed together with Vergelegen Nature Reserve to form one management section of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and isapproximately 52 000 ha in extent.
WHAT TO DO ON ARRIVAL
Visitors must check in at the office on arrival to complete the necessary registers. Office hours are between 08:00 to 13:00 and then from 14:00 to 15:40 daily.
MOUNTAIN RESCUE REGISTER
For visitors own safety, the Mountain Rescue Register must be filled in. Visitors must ensure that their return is noted to avoid an unnecessary search being launched.
Hikers should hike in parties of three or more individuals.
WHAT TO BRING
Cobham has a curio shop which sells curios and refreshments. Visitors are advised to bring their own equipment. Cold weather clothing and equipment is advisable throughout the year and is essential during winter months.
The southern Drakensberg with its pristine grasslands and beautiful scenery, is relatively unspoilt and Cobham offers many day and overnight walks, including Sani Pass.
Fishing in the Pholela River is permitted and may be undertaken once a daily rod fee is paid at the office. Only fly tackle is permitted.
• No pets of any kind are permitted in the Park.
• Entrance gates to the reserve open and close at the
Summer (1 October – 31 March) 05:00 – 19:00
Winter (1 April – 30 September) 06:00 – 18:00
Reservations for the Giant’s Cup Trail are made through
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Reservations, PO Box 13069,
Telephone +27 (0)33 845 1000. Fax +27(0) 33 845 1001.
Campsite and Cave bookings must be made with Cobham
Office, PO Box 168, Himeville, 3256.
Telephone +27 (0) 33 702 0831. Fax +27 (0) 33 702 0171.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Pietermaritzburg/Durban recommended route:
Follow the N3 Freeway. Take the R617 (to Bulwer and
Underberg). Stay on the R617 through Boston, Bulwer,
into Underberg. At Underberg turn right and drive for 5 km
to Himeville. As you come into Himeville, pass the speed
humps, immediately thereafter turn left on to the D7. The
turnoff is marked, follow this gravel road for 13 km to the
Cobham entrance gate. This route is clearly marked.
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