Himeville and Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

These 2 towns are in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg.

These 2 towns in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg are so close together they are virtually the same place - but don't ever let a resident of either hear you say that. Underberg is the bigger town by far and has most of the facilities one would expect from a small country town.

Underberg is on the R617, which leaves the N3 on the Durban side of Pietermaritzburg. If travelling to the Southern Berg from Johannesburg, it is quicker and shorter to leave the N3 at the Nottingham Road turn-off but this necessitates driving on unpaved roads. 

In summer months, Underberg makes the perfect base for canoeists who plan to paddle the rivers in the area from the uMkomazi to the uMzimkulu. The town is also the perfect destination for horseriding and polo.

Underberg has also become the heart of the southern Drakensberg resort area and makes a ideal base for a variety of activities, such as hiking, fishing and trips up the Sani Pass. Most visitors make their way to this area for the Splashy Fen Music Festival.

Himeville is very tiny with just a hotel and a few shops. Both towns are surrounded by some wonderful guest houses, the nearby streams and dams are filled with trout and the hills offer fantastic views, lovely walks and fascinating rock art.

This is the gateway to the southern part of Lesotho, with the iconic Sani Pass heading straight up the mountains from Himeville to Sani Top. There are escorted trips up the pass where one can spend some time in the village and enjoy a drink in Southern Africa's highest pub which (not surprisingly) has a fantastic view.