Nature at its best!

Lotheni Nature Reserve is located in the southern part of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and is one of the 12 protected areas that make up The UNESCO World Heritage site.  It is well known for its splendid scenery and excellent camps and consists of 3 984 hectares of pristine land and has a wide variety of self-catering accommodation.


  • Common and Mountain Reedbuck
  • Grey Rhebuck
  • Eland
  • Grey Duiker
  • Oribi
  • Mongoose
  • Cape Clawless Otter
  • Baboon


Bird watching is a popular activity in this reserve with 172 different species of bird including:

  • Black Storks
  • Black Eagles
  • Bearded Vultures
  • Lanner Falcons
  • Cape Vultures
  • Giant Kingfisher


  • Fishing - 16 km of the Lotheni River is stocked with trout and is very popular with fishermen
  • Game Viewing
  • Hiking Trails (Day & Overnight)
  • Picnicking
  • Self-Guided Walks
  • Swimming (Rivers)


Settlers' Museum is situated in the camp and has been beautifully restored in the period style of the early settlers. The old Root Homestead has early settler farming implements on display including wagons.


Self- contained Bungalows and Cottages

These units are fully fitted and visitors need only bring food and do their own cooking.

Simes Rustic Cottage

Visitors need to take their own linen but this cottage has exclusive use of a small dam nearby that is stocked with trout for fishing purposes. Other guests may only obtain permits to fish there when the cottage is unoccupied.

Camping sites

There are 12 campsites strategically positioned right into the mountain, away from the hutted camps, for the true camper.


Caves accommodating up to twelve guests in each are available scattered throughout the park and guests are obliged to register in the Mountain Rescue Register when they go to the caves and when they return, to avoid unnecessary rescue operations.



  • Summer (October to March) 05h00 - 19h00
  • Winter (April to September) 06h00 - 18h00

  • Contact details

    Camp-site Reservations:

    Resort Manager, Lotheni Resort
    P O Box 14
    Tel: +27 33 702 0540
    Fax: +27 33 702 0540 

    Hutted accommodation Reservations:

    Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Reservation
    P O Box 13069
    Tel: +27 33 845 1000
    Fax: +27 33 845 1001
    Email Website