Kamberg Nature Reserve

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Greg
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Feb 2021 • Family
So sad to see the extent of neglect. Paths eroded or disappear. Staff nowhere to be found. Beautiful surroundings and rivers which deserve at least the minimum care and management.
Written 13 February 2021
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Peter B
London, UK646 contributions
Sep 2019
One of the entry gates/ parking areas (High Moor road) is just 15 minutes drive from the beautiful Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse where we tayed for two nights - we ventured up a took a lovely four hour round-trip walk - relatively flat from the car park. The route is a bit eposed in the high winds we were experiencing, but the extensive views and rugges scenery were worth it.
Written 10 October 2019
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Patty6-13
Davis, CA523 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
We arrived at the center and eventually found someone to give us information. We paid a small fee and waited for the guide to come down the mountain with the morning clients. Rowen was our guide, one of the best we had in South Africa! He is a highly educated young Zulu man with a passion for educating others about the Bushmen and their art. The three hour tour took us older folks longer but Rowen was very patient with us stopping to catch our breath. The trail makes a 2500 foot elevation gain as you work your way up to the outcroppings just below the summit. The views were breathtaking and made for a good excuse to stop & catch one’s breath! You must have a guide to ascend the trail. Close to the top the paintings are behind a locked gate. The paintings themselves are unprotected from the elements but retain their strong colors and are some of the best we have seen anywhere. Rowen took time to explain their meaning and help us understand the context of their origin. It proved to be a fascinating afternoon. Thank you, Rowen, for sharing your passion with us!
Written 11 March 2019
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Sophia W
Johannesburg, South Africa132 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
It's a lovely, tranquil place. Upon arrival there was no one to receive us, so it was a bit difficult to find our chalet at first. The place needs a bit of a spruce up - but is clean and functional. There are some lovely walks, but the facilities around the trout dams are clearly in need of maintenance and the whole place just needs some TLC. It is very beautiful, despite this!

My husband went on an incredible guided hike up to see the rock art (one of 28 sites in this area, the only one that is open to the public). He was expertly guided by Rowan Mweli, someone with local knowledge, and an archeologist to boot - he saw two rare bearded vultures and eland along the way, and came back ecstatic about the experience. It's so sad that there isn't more publicity for this rock art - it should be a star attraction! We were here in "low season" with hardly another soul in the place (this was a great break!)

If you're traveling in a group, stay at the Huntsman's Cottage - it sleeps 6 and is the same price as the chalets so it works out a lot cheaper.
Written 23 September 2018
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Wynette
Johannesburg, South Africa21 contributions
Aug 2018
Upon arrival, we didn't make much of the site but when we took our first walk here, we experienced the majesty. Khanyi at reception (I think she's the manager here) was friendly and informative. Unfortunately, we found that most of the trails were overgrown after the rains and no clear markings were offered, which forced us to leave two trails unfinished.
We did, however, get to see the wonderful waterfalls leading up to the San paintings. The beauty here is splendorous and we returned a second day to enjoy the sights and scenes.
The hatchery is no longer functioning due to local authorities' (and UNESCO's) decision not to support the breeding of invasive fish species, which is understandable.
The site can do with a bit of maintenance and information boards about the area must be utilised.
We will return and hope to see the main buildings and info boards updated.
Written 29 August 2018
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Ton T
Naarden, The Netherlands65 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
In the African winter Kamberg van be very cold, we know.

We visited the nature reserve in the morning and our amazing guide Rowan took us on a 3 hours (return) walk we will remember.

We have seen a lot of animals on the way, enjoyed the great views and were impressed ancient bushmen rock art (appr. 4000 years old).

Keep in mind that your car is better off high on wheels in this area.

If you have the opportunity go here👍
Written 8 August 2018
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Jim D
Kinsale, Ireland226 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
The old Natal Parks Board was a strange organization. The facilities were often basic, but everything was polished 'til it shone, under the watchful gaze of strict wardens. Maintenance was a matter of pride. These days, under Ezemvelo, the position is often reversed. The facilities have improved, management is friendly, but maintenance is slapdash or non-existent, especially in the cinderella reserves like Kamberg.
Once a fly fisher's paradise, the dams here, while still stocked, are poorly maintained. The jetty drums are unpainted, the fringes not mowed as they used to be and reeds have invaded much of the shallows, making casting difficult. The gates swing loose on the otter fences, there is graffiti in the hut and the catch register book has been stolen. Cattle have obviously got into not only the reserve, but the dam areas. Up the road,
following the lead of the eco-nazi's, the hatchery ponds have been filled in and the research centre (which could make a fabulous lodge) stands abandoned. There is just a feeling of decay about the place. Unlike many of the other parks there isn't even an adventure or MTB race run through Kamberg, which could add to occupancy and help publicise the reserve.
The surroundings are still gorgeous, the dams do have some fish, and for a newcomer, who doesn't remember this camp and the fishery in its heyday, it's probably still a great day out. I enjoyed myself, sure, but the experience was tinged with sadness at the decline of the facilities
Written 25 June 2018
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Doertheh
42 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
On a little bit cloudy day we were wandering to the Bushmen Art Rock near the hilltop ( about 1 1/2 hour) . This alone was wonderful with exciting views over the “Drakensberge”, nice Proteas flowering next to the way. At the cave ( it’s more a shelter) with the paintings a ranger explained the fascinating history- 3000 years old, 2300 m above sea level, made of the fat and the blood of the Eland antilope from shamans.
Written 11 March 2018
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Mark J
Taipei, Taiwan56 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
visited in feb 2014 so i am a little late in reviewing. so i hope things have changed for the better scince then. appauling decay! the hatchery is gone. the bridge linking to horse show dam is gone, the chalets are in a bad state. the embankment around eland dam i think its called is eroded and about to burst. we used to come every month to kamberg to come trout fishing and was one of the best places to come trout fishing. very sad sorry state!!
Written 6 March 2018
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LeoGM
Sao Paulo, SP1 052 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
We stayed for two nights at kamberg and took the guided hike to the game shelter. The cottage is huge, very basic but meets well requirements for self catering. Being a quiet place offers you the opportunity to be closer to nature. Access road is being paved (oct/2017) so should become very easy to arrive as well. The hiking to the game shelter is a must. No special gear or skills needed, but being fit helps a lot since the upper part is quite steep.
Written 3 December 2017
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