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Bergville

Bergville is a small town situated in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains

bergvilleBergville is a small town situated in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains. Bergville was established as Bergville Mountain Village in 1897 and is now the commercial centre for a 2,500 km² dairy and cattle ranching area. A blockhouse was built by the British in the town during the Second Boer War.

Bergville is aA scenic town set up on the banks of the Tugela River in the shade of the dramatic peaks of Drakensberg Mountains. Bergville is the main town in the Northern Drakensberg area and Bergville has become favoured ecotourism destination.

bergvilleBergville is equidistant from Johannesburg and Durban and is also known as the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg. It lies on Route 74 which is a more scenic alternative to the N3 Toll Road. This route takes you via the Oliviershoek Pass, traditionally used to access the Drakensberg, from Johannesburg and through Winterton from Durban.

Other towns in the immediate region include: Ladysmith on the R616. Geluksburg Jagersrust on the R74 towards Harrismith - serving as living quarters for the Drakensberg Pumped Storage Scheme

Bergville Attractions

  • Blockhouse: The only British blockhouse in KwaZulu Natal, surviving the Anglo Boer War.
  • Thandanani Handcraft Center: A pro-active community initiative set up to promote both tourism and local entrepreneurship. Fine Zulu craftsmanship, including impressive basketwork, is on sale.
  • Spioenkop Dam: A resort has been developed around the dam. Many animal species can be seen.
  • Reserves and Parks: The town is a perfect base for those visiting the Drakensberg. Nearby is the Royal Natal National Park, Rugged Glen Nature Reserve, Catkhin’s Peak State Forest and Monk’s Cowl.
  • San Rock Artwork: Fine examples can be seen in the area.
  • Spioenkop: The site of the famous Anglo-Boer War battle in 1900, which resulted in severe British losses.