SEE & DO
The Southern Drakensberg offers a number of amazing hikes that can be accessed from Ambleside. They range from a relaxed 45 minute walk to the beautiful 3 pools to an arduous 21km hike to the top of the majestic Rhino Peak.
Named hikes include:
• Rhino Peak;
• Pillar Cave;
• Sleeping Beauty Cave; and
• Hidden Valley.
Here is more information on hikes in the Southern Drakensberg. Maps are available from The Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort Leisure desk.
Mountain Bike Trails
Mountain biking is growing in popularity and the Southern Drakensberg is fast becoming a recognized mountain biking destination. Information about club rides in the Underberg area can be found at Drak MTB Club. Sani Spoors maintain excellent commercial trails offering some of the best forest, river, and cattle single track riding in the area. They are based at the Olde Duck coffee shop on the Drakensberg Gardens Road. The Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort have developed a 12km single track around the property that caters for all skill levels.
For the golf enthusiast, there are two wonderful options available:
• Drakensberg Gardens Golf Club has the only 18-hole course in the southern Drakensberg; and
• Underberg Country Club offers a 9-hole, 18 tee course.
The area has a reputation as a prime destination for fly fishing, and offers many opportunities to catch that prized trout in spectacular surroundings. The Underbrerg-Himeville Trout Fishing Club controls some magnificent river and still-water locations. Castleburn and the Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort also offer the opportunity to fish on their beautiful dams.
A wonderful way to experience the scenic splendor of the area is via horseback. Kids can enjoy pony rides at the Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort while scenic outrides along the river and the surrounding areas can be booked at Lake Naverone, Castleburn, or the Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort.
Avid canoeists can be found throughout the summer months tripping the cool fresh waters of the Umzimkulu River. These waters host the Drak Challenge Canoe Race in January each year which is one of the highlights of the canoeing calendar. The river can be enjoyed throughout the summer months.
Take advantage of the river in full flow over the summer months by enjoying the exhilaration of tubing. Ambleside Lodge keeps tubes and pumps for its guests and you can arrang to rent this equipment.
Enjoy the large number of birds that reside in the valley. Southern Drakensberg Tourism provides a great list of birds in the area. Challenge yourself to see as many species from the bird list as you can and even add a unique sighting to the list.
Take a day trip up the magnificent and renowned Sani Pass. South Africa’s most iconic pass is an experience that should not be missed. The highest pub in Africa is located at the top of the pass and is a great spot to appreciate the magnificent views from the summit. It is recommended that you take a 4x4 vehicle up the pass. You can also book a tour at Sani Pass Tours.
Other Local Destinations and Activities
The Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort is 3km from Ambleside and will ensure you don’t run out of activities for the whole family. Guests at Ambleside Lodge have access to all of Gooderson's activities. They offer the following:
Swimming pools & water park – both heated and cool;
Tennis & squash;
Playground, jungle gyms & bike tracks;
Major Events in the Area
Splashy Fen Festival - Music festival
Joberg2C - Mountain bike
Sani Stagger - Trail run