Kamberg Nature Reserve – Central Drakensberg

Kamberg nature reserve - Rock art Center

Kamberg Nature Reserve forms part of the Maloti- Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. It is situated centrally in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains. Kamberg Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1951 and one. This part of the Drakensberg is particularly scenic, with a number of walks throughout the area and some of the best rock art site exist here.  

Kamberg nature reserve - hike to waterfall shelter
Kamberg Nature Reserve – Hike to Waterfall Shelter

The natural landscape of Kamberg Nature Reserve has many rock shelters, containing San rock paintings. These were created by the San people over a period of at least 4000 years. The rock paintings are outstanding in quality and diversity representing the spiritual life of the San people who no longer live in the region. It is ideally placed for visitors wishing to visit the many other access points in the Drakensberg

Kamberg’s Rock Art Centre deserves a mention. Run by the local Tandela community it offers daily tours that incorporate a relatively easy guided 3.5 km walk to Game Pass Cave (for those who cannot manage the walk, a multimedia centre screens a visual tour of the walk). Waterfall Shelter, a second cave filled with San rock art, is close enough to visit as well. Visitors describe the rock art as vivid, and the tour as impressive.

For rock art enthusiasts the Kranses group of caves, a 12 km round trip, is a highlight. The narrow sheltered rock wall is awash with paintings of eland and some scenes depicting a group of people carrying shields (the San did not use shields and it is likely that these rock art paintings depict the Amazizi who lived peacefully alongside the San).

There is a well maintained dam for flyfishing, and the plentiful waterfalls in the reserve are perfect for mid-morning swims. Weather, as with any stay in the Drakensberg, is variable and you will need to take all-weather clothing.

Book accommodation at Antbear Lodge located near to Kamberg Nature Reserve

Subscribe to our newsletter

Posts you might also find interesting:

Drakensberg - Moor Park - Wagondrift Dam

Moor Park and Wagondrift Dam

Wagendrift Dam and Moor Park Nature Reserve is situated just off the N3 highway near Estcourt. The reserve is roughly 980 ha in extent and includes a popular picnic and fishing spot. An Iron Age

Read More »
Tugela Falls - Drakensberg Mountains

Highest waterfall in the World

Its official the Tugela Falls is the tallest recorded waterfall in the world as now recorded in the worlds waterfall database. It was previously thought that the Angel Falls was the worlds tallest waterfall but

Read More »