Horse riding in tranquil surroundings!

Rugged Glen Nature Reserve is very small compared to the other reserves in the  uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park but has more to offer than some of the larger ones. It is only 762 hectares in extent but the beauty of the land is unsurpassed. It is situated to the north east of the Royal Natal Nature Reserve. Rugged Glen is one of the 12 protected areas that make up the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park which is turn has world heritage status. Horse riding is one of the activities that most of the other 12 do not have to offer and makes this reserve very popular with the young and the young at heart.


  • Eland
  • Klipspringer
  • Maloti/Drakensberg minnow (Oreodaimon zuathlambae), which was thought to be extinct, is found at the Tsoelikana River on the Lesotho side of the Maloti /uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
  • Mountain Reedbuck


  • Bird watching
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding - has to be booked in advance
  • Mountain climbing
  • Trout fishing in Drie Kloof Dam - fishermen need to pay a rod fee every day and use only authentic fly fishing tackle


  • Camel’s Hump rock formation
  • Cannibal Caves
  • Forest Walk
  • Grotto
  • Picnic spots
  • Surprise Ride


  • Camp sites - the reserve has 20 camp sites that accommodates 60 visitors
  • The accommodation at the Royal Natal Nature reserve is also used by visitors to this reserve


  • Dish washing facilities
  • Electrical plugs
  • Flush toilets
  • Hot water taps and showers



  • All Week, 08h00 - 16h30
  • Closed for Lunch, 13h00 - 14h00

  • Gates:

  • Summer (October - March) 05h00 – 22h00
  • Winter ( April - September) 06h00 – 22h00

  • Contact details

    Horse Riding:

    Rugged Glen Stables
    Tel: +27 36 438 6422
    Tel: +27 36 438 6310

    For Reservations:

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