Kamberg Nature Reserve

kambergKamberg Nature Reserve forms part of the Maloti- Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and is situated centrally in the foothills of the mountains. The reserve was proclaimed in 1951 and is 6 300 ha in extent. This reserve is particularly scenic, with a number of walks throughout the area.
The natural landscape 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 Drakensburg
Location (Degrees)
29°23'13.54"S, 29°40'04.82"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.387094, 29.668006
Type of Hike
PO Box 72, Rosetta, 3301, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 (0)33 267 7251
Resort Manager: +27 (0)82 765 3025
Alternate Cell
Duty Phone: +27 (0)76 883 0616
+27 (0)33 267 7251
Accommodation (Ezemvelo)


  • There are five 2-bedded modern thatched chalets, one 5-bed rustic cottage as well as one 6-bed rustic cottage.
  • All units are fully self-contained and are self-catering.
  • Visitors are required to do their own cooking.
  • All chalets are serviced daily, however guests are required to wash their dishes.
  • In addition, there is a communal lounge with a large freezer and DSTV available to visitors.


  • Stillerust is an old farmhouse of character, situated 8 km from the main resort.
  • This is a delightful rustic cottage and rondavel, offering ten beds.
  • The cottage is fully self-contained with gas lights, fridge, a stove and linen.
  • Visitors are required do their own cooking, and bring their own food and beverages.
  • The unit is serviced daily, however guests are required to wash their dishes.  
Activities (Ezemvelo)

Visitors Activities

  • The reserve is particularly scenic.
  • There are numerous walks throughout the area as well as three delightful picnic sites near the river and trout dams.


  • Trout fishing is available in Eland and Erskine Dams which are open to anglers all year round.
  • Anglers may only use the correct fly fishing tackle and all anglers are required to pay a rod fee at the reception office before they start fishing.
  • Rods are available for hire from the reception office.


The Game Pass Shelter is commonly referred to as the "Rosetta Stone" of southern African rock art, for it was here that archaeologists first uncovered a vital key to understanding the symbolism of San rock art. This site is special for so many reasons. It was one of the first sites ever to be seen by Europeans and appeared in the Scientific American in 1915. It was the first South African rock art site to be known in other parts of the world, and revealed the meaning of San rock art- it, in a sense, "cracked the code".

The trail to Game Pass Shelter is a two-and-a-half, to three hour guided walk, via the spiritually moving Waterfall Shelter. It is nothing short of a world-class experience in Khoisan rock art and living Zulu and San culture. Walks normally leave at 09h00, 11h00 and between 12h30.

The walk is preceded by a spectacular DVD presentation at the state-of-the-art Interpretive Centre that caters for a maximum of ten people at a time. Sessions are run seven days a week and can be arranged by appointment. The Centre is wheelchair friendly, but unfortunately the trail to Game Pass Shelter is not. There is a special audio-visual show on the trail and the shelter for those who cannot walk up to Game Pass Shelter.

From the north turn off the N3 at Mooi River, and take the first left onto the R103 to Rosetta then follow the signs to Kamberg. From the south turn off the N3 to Nottingham Road. Go through the village and on to Rosetta where you will see the Kamberg signs.
Operating Hours
Summer (1 October - 31 March) 05:00 - 19:00
Winter (1 April - 30 September) 06:00 - 18:00