Ongeluksnek Nature Reserve


Ongeluksnek forms part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park (MDTP) and boasts a rich natural heritage and biodiversity.
The reserve, located on the mountain grassland just near the Lesotho border, has verdant, lush summers and snowy winters. The Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains have globally significant plant and animal biodiversity, with unique habitats and high levels of endemism. The Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains are also home to the greatest gallery of rock art in the world with hundreds of sites and many thousands of images, painted by the San people, still in beautiful condition.


Applicable April 2024 to March 2025:
Gateway Lodge (sold per room, 2x3 sleeper rooms, 1x4sleeper room): R448/room/night (off peak)
R9963/room/night (peak)
Rondavel: R224 /rondavel/night (peak and off peak)
Conservation Fees - Applicable to both day and over night visitors, payable in cash on arrival at the reserve:

hiking trail Adult R17/ child R12
Nature Reserve is accessible by 4x4 vehicle

Hiking (several trails to choose from)
Mountain biking
Horse riding with guides (prior arrangements to be made).
4x4 trails
Bearded and Cape vultures
Grey rhebok
Mountain reedbuck
Chacma baboons
Black-backed jackal

Directions from Matatiele to Ongeluksnek Nature Reserve:
1. Head north towards Jagger St (1.7km)
2. Turn left onto Jagger St (550m)
3. Turn left onto Main St/R56 (8.6km)
4. Turn right (39.1km)
5. Continue Straight (12.5km)
6. Destination will be on the right
(Please consult your navigation system and the reserve prior to departing for your trip for more accuracy and up to date road conditions as these are only approximations and should only be used as a guideline)

South Africa
Road Conditions: 
High clearance vehicle

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