The Southern Drakensberg may not be as spectacular as the Northern Berg, but wow there are some incredible places to explore in the foothills. The “Low Berg” as it’s known is the lower part of the escarpment which is mainly made up of Sandstone as opposed to the Basalt which makes up the “High Berg”. There are literally hundreds of spectacular sandstone gorges in the Low Berg and most of them don’t have a hiking trail.
This weekend we stayed at Drakensberg Gardens with friends who booked a cottage through their timeshare. I’m not a big one for these large resorts, but the mountains on the doorstep more than made up for that. It was far to windy to consider fishing, so it was a weekend of scrambling up gulleys and running along high ridges which is as much fun as fishing for me.
I have explored most of the hidden valleys and climbed most of the peaks in the area. This is the part of the Berg that I know best, but there’s still so much to discover. I did one walk alone on Saturday morning early, then a picnic with family and friends, and then a 4 am hike with my (not-so-old) man on this morning. This mornings hike was undoubtedly the cherry on top. Enjoy the pics. They were taken with my Canon Powershot G16 and no editing was done. It definitely helps being in the mountains at first light.
I have a passion for photography, fly tying and fly fishing for trout in remote mountain streams that are seldom if ever fished by other anglers. Yes these places still exist. I have realised that where I fish and how I fish is pretty different from all the other fly fisherman I know and starting this blog is the best way I can share these experiences with others less fortunate in where they reside, or less inclined to wonder what lies over that mountain or up around the next bend.
I am dairy farmer in Kokstad in Southern KZN where we are surrounded by rivers seldom fished. It's also close to the Drakensberg and Lesotho which I think is the most beautiful place on earth. There are hundreds of small streams just waiting to be explored. All it needs is fly rod and reel, a spool of tippet, some floatant, a few flies, a spirit of adventure and a good level of fitness. Let the adventure begin.
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