04 July 2010 by Roy Barford

Underberg - an outdoor enthusiasts dream destination

Underberg has always been one of my favourite weekend getaway destinations, it simply offers everything an outdoor enthusiast could want, as well as the Splashy Fen music festival on Easter Weekend every year.

Predominantly a dairy farming area, surrounded by majestic mountains, with a variety of holiday cottages and camping sites, Underberg offers a great escape to urban dwellers and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s a two-hour drive from Durban and a seven to eight hour trip from Johannesburg, along a tar road that climbs through African villages and forests.

The locals are as down-to-Earth as they come and you can meet them by visiting the Himeville Arms or the Underberg Inn in the evenings.

For me, the best outdoor activities offered in Underberg are hiking, fly fishing, golf and tubing down the rivers in summer.

Predominantly a dairy farming area, surrounded by majestic mountains, with a variety of holiday cottages and camping sites, Underberg offers a great escape to urban dwellers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The trout season is open from November 1 until May 31 and for great local advice, pop into one of the fly fishing shops in the town.

Golfers can choose between the nine-hole Underberg Country Club or the more upmarket 18-hole Drakensberg Gardens course.

If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle you can venture up Sani Pass and have a beer at the highest pub in Africa. Various tour operators run daily trips to the top and you can even hire a quad bike to go exploring. Just remember your passport, as you will need to cross the border into Lesotho.

Winter nights can be as cold as -10 degrees Centigrade, but there is plenty firewood available in the region. Winter days however are mostly warm and dry, offering great outdoor conditions.

Accommodation tends to book out quickly for the summer season, so get in early if you are planning to visit between November and April.

Category: Adventure

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