National Heritage Nature Park

Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Drakensberg » Central Drakensberg » Giants Castle » Kamberg Valley

Self catering Accommodation in the Kamberg

Name of hostsBrian Bode
Tel:+27 (0)33 263 2214
Cell+27 (0)82 448 8725
Emailnationalheritage@telkomsa.net
Webwww.nationalheritage.co.

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Description

The luxury, self-catering cottage overlooks a well-stocked trout dam and consists of two double bedrooms (one en-suite), two bathrooms and a loft room with four bunk beds. The open-plan design of the kitchen/dining room/lounge presents breathtaking views of the mountains and leads onto a large wooden deck, ideally suited for sundowners or meals.

National Heritage Nature Park in the South African Drakensberg is the perfect holiday getaway for mountain walks and hikes, trout fishing, horse riding, game drives, birding and sheer relaxation.

Situated at the foot of Mount Lebanon in the picturesque Hlatikhulu Valley, National Heritage offers luxury accommodation in a well-appointed, self-catering cottage with a panoramic view of the majestic Drakensberg mountains. In addition to all of its own attractions, it is just a short drive way from unspoilt nature reserves and fascinating crafts tours.

We warmly invite you to browse this website or contact us to discover the combination of outdoors action or leisure activities you'll enjoy at National Heritage.

National Heritage Nature Park is situated at the foot of Mount Lebanon, in the peaceful Hlatikhulu Valley. Sharing a common boundary with the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, National Heritage offers majestic views of the mighty Drakensberg mountain range

Set on 200 hectares of "never-been-cultivated" highveld grassland between the Giants Castle and Kamberg Nature Reserves, National Heritage Nature Park is home to numerous indigenous wildlife species. During your stay you may encounter eland, oribi, common reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, rhebok, black-backed jackal, serval, gennet and baboon. Typical Drakensberg tree species occur in their various habitats and wildflowers are abundant, especially in spring and summer.

Accommodation

Reedbuck is a  luxury, 8 sleeper self-catering cottage  that overlooks a well-stocked trout dam and consists of two double bedrooms (one en-suite), two bathrooms and a loft room with four bunk beds. The open-plan design of the kitchen/dining room/lounge presents breathtaking views of the mountains and leads onto a large wooden deck with weber braai, ideally suited for sundowners or meals.

Winter snowfalls are common in the mountains, so the lounge is fitted with a huge fireplace for a roaring log fire that makes the cottage your cosy haven on those chilly evenings. Firewood is provided.

The kitchen is excellently appointed with an oven and hob, microwave oven, fridge/freezer and all the necessary modern appliances to make your stay comfortable. All crockery, cutlery, bed linen and bath towels are provided.

National Heritage Nature Park also offers Eland a well-appointed luxurious farm house  a stone's throw away from the trout dam. This house sleeps 10 people to accommodate slightly larger parties. The farmhouse consists of a master bedroom en-suite with a kingsize bed, a guest room with a queensize bed and a sleeper couch, two bathrooms and a third bedroom with four bunk beds and a single bed. The kitchen is separate and the house is finished off with a large combined lounge/ diningroom and pub area, complimented by a fire place for those cosy winter evenings. Firewood is provided. A sheltered verandah  with gas braai and weber overlooks the Hlatikulu wetlands.

The kitchen is excellently appointed with an oven and hob, microwave oven, fridge/freezer and all the necessary modern appliances to make your stay comfortable. All crockery, cutlery, bed linen and bath towels are provided.

Oribi is  a luxury, 8 sleeper self-catering cottage that overlooks a well-stocked trout dam and consists of two double bedrooms (one en-suite), two bathrooms and a third bedroom with four bunk beds. The open-plan design of the kitchen/dining room/lounge presents breathtaking views of the mountains and leads onto a  covered varandah with weber braai ideally suited for sundowners or meals.

Winter snowfalls are common in the mountains, so the lounge is fitted with a  fireplace for a roaring log fire that makes the cottage your cosy haven on those chilly evenings. Firewood is provided.

The kitchen is excellently appointed with an oven and hob, microwave oven, fridge/freezer and all the necessary modern appliances to make your stay comfortable. All crockery, cutlery, bed linen and bath towels are provided.

 

 

 

Attractions

In planning your activities at National Heritage Nature Park, you'll be spoilt for choice ranging from complete relaxation to exciting and fascinating action.

Relax

  • Sit on the deck and enjoy the view.
  • Relax around the dam and take in some sunshine.
  • Hone your skills on the tennis court.
  • Relax around the swimming pool or go for a dip.
  • Keep yourself entertained in our newly equipped games room.

Trout Fishing

  • On our well-stocked dam, a mere cast from the deck; or
  • On nearby waters, both dam and river.

Horse Riding

  • What better way to enjoy the scenery and wildlife than to take a leisurely, guided, interpretive horse ride.

Walks

  • Let Brian Bode, your field guide, take you on an interpretive guided walk, from an easy saunter to something more challenging.
  • Birding - grassland, afro-montane, forest and wetland birding. With a local bird list of 215 species including specials such as Wattled Crane, Denham's Bustard, Eurasian Bittern, Gurney's Sugarbird, Bearded Vulture, Cape Vulture and Verreaux's Eagle.
  • Walk to bushmen paintings (San rock art).
  • Bathe in crisp, clear mountain streams.
  • Enjoy a short walk by yourself. With the large diversity of fauna and flora, walks are a must-do.
  • Vulture feeding site — with a guide only. Take a walk or drive to the site to view Cape vultures, Lammergeiers and other birds feeding in their natural environment.
  • Walk through indigenous forests and marvel at their splendour.

Game Drives

  • Brian will take you on an informative game drive in an open Land Rover. This is not your "Big Five" drive but a chance to see some of the antelope species and grassland birds, and enjoy the spectacular view.
  • How about a night drive to look for some nocturnal animals including serval, aardvark, porcupine, owls and nightjars.

Other Places of Interest

  • Day trips to the evocative Anglo-Zulu War battlefields.
  • Hlatikhulu Crane and Wetland Sanctuary.
  • Kamberg, Highmoor and Giants Castle Nature Reserves.
  • The Midlands Meander is a totally absorbing outing with many arts and crafts, restaurants and shops.
  • Nottingham Road village is only 40 minutes away.
  • Abseiling.
  • Obstacle course.
  • Nine-hole country golf course.
  • Cultural experiences:
    — visit a Zulu homestead;
    — visit a sangoma (traditional healer);
    — Zulu dancers.
  • Mountain biking (bring your own bicycles).
  • Kamberg or Giants Castle rock art. With 3000 images in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park it is considered to be one of the richest rock art areas in the world.
  • Day trips to Sani Pass.
For the birding enthusiast, a walk around the game farm is a must. So is a walk through the Hlatikhulu vlei. A visit to the Hlatikhulu Crane and Wetland Sanctuary (our neighbour) is always worthwhile. Some of the "birding specials" include lammergeyer (bearded vulture), Cape vulture, long-crested eagle, forest buzzard, bush blackcap, Gurney's sugarbird, ground woodpecker and buff-streaked chat. Of course a walk around the wetland wouldn't be complete without looking for the three crane species — crowned, blue and wattled crane — as well as the spoonbill, African rail and the ever-elusive Bittern. There is also a large diversity of water birds including white-backed duck, South African shelduck and Cape shoveller. And what would the Drakensberg foothills be without the elegant "Sakabula" long-tailed widowbird!

Directions

43 kilometers from Rosetta between Kamberg and Giants Castle Nature Reserves. 3 kilometers along D11, turn left at National Heritage sign, 1.5 kilometers to house.

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