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ABOUT THE AREA

Equidistant from Johannesburg and Durban, the pretty little town of Bergville, also known as the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg is essentially an agricultural and trading centre, Bergville is the main town in the Northern Drakensberg and still holds local cattle sales on the third Friday of every month.

The town lies on the banks of the Tugela River, with the dramatic peaks of the Drakensberg in the near distance, and is a place to stock up for those heading off into the berg - Bergville has its share of supermarkets, butcheries, banks and petrol stations.The towering amphitheatre of the Royal Natal National Park is just 40 kilometres away and the only surviving British blockhouse in KwaZulu Natal, now a monument and museum, lies within the grounds of the local court house in Bergville.

The Spioenkop Dam isn’t far, nor is the Rugged Glen Nature Reserve, Cathkin’s Peak State Forest and Monk’s Cowl, making the area a perfect base for exploring the Drakensberg.

PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Bergville and the northern Drakensberg normally receive about 643mm of rain per year, with most rainfall occurring mainly during midsummer. It receives the lowest rainfall in July and the highest in January. Average daily temperatures for Bergville range from 19.3°C in June to 27.9°C in January. The region is the coldest during July when temperature can drop to 2.1°C on an average night.