Cobham Nature Reserve

cobhamCobham is situated in the Southern Maloti-Drakensberg Park, South Africa’s first cultural and environmental World Heritage Site, and is approximately 150 km from Pietermaritzburg. The exceptional natural beauty of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site is evident in its soaring basaltic buttresses, golden sandstone ramparts, rolling high altitude grasslands, steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges.

The area has incredibly rich biodiversity including many endemic species. This reserve is managed together with Vergelegen Nature Reserve to form one management section of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and is approximately 52 000 ha in extent.
Area
Location (Degrees)
29°42'09.1"S 29°24'51.7"E
Location (Decimal)
-29.702531, 29.414347
Type of Hike
Explore
Altitude
1,636
Address
PO Box 168, Himeville, 3256, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Telephone
+27 (0)33 702 0171
Fax
+27 (0)33 702 0171
Accommodation (Ezemvelo)
The campsite at Cobham is a rustic open area where visitors can put up tents or caravans anywhere within the designated limits. There is a small ablution block with hot water showers and toilets. Cobham has a number of caves which accommodate a maximum of 12 people on overnight hikes. These caves are reached by three-to-five hour walks from the office. Fires may not be made in the wilderness area or in caves.
Directions
From Pietermaritzburg/Durban: Follow the N3 Freeway. Take the R617 (to Bulwer and Underberg). Stay on the R617 through Boston, Bulwer,into Underberg. At Underberg turn right and drive for 5 km to Himeville. As you come into Himeville, pass the speed humps, immediately thereafter turn left on to the D7. The turnoff is marked, follow this gravel road for 13 km to the Cobham entrance gate. This route is clearly marked.
Operating Hours
Summer (1 October - 31 March) 05:00 - 19:00
Winter (1 April - 30 September) 06:00 - 18:00