Description: Once a retreat for armed bandits, cattle rustlers renegades and gun-runners. According to early accounts, it was "a veritable No-man's land"; unattractive to early settlers and not even inhabited by the natives.
Today this beautiful valley offers more peaceful pursuits in the form of trout fishing, hiking and bird watching. It is home to the endangered Wattle Crane and the White Winged Flufftail. Black Wildebeest, Blesbuck, Oribi and Southern Reedbuck are also present in the reserve.
The Ingwanewane River flows down the Coleford valley and the Ndawana River forms its Southern Boundary. Providing excellent trout fishing augmented by four dams, which are frequentely stocked in summer. The rivers also offer a fun tubing venue at this time of year.
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What To Bring:
Coleford Nature Reserve is in the Southern uKhahlamba-Drakensberg area and is well situated for the visitor wishing to explore the region.
The reserve is a popular rendezvous for trout fishermen and the Ingwangwane and Ndawana rivers provide excellent sport during the trout season.
There are four dams which are regularly stocked with rainbow trout. A Provincial license and daily angling permit are required, both of which are obtainable from the camp office.
There are delightful walks in the area, and a pleasant picnic site is situated at the river opposite Sunnyside. Fires are prohibited, and visitors are reminded that all refuse must be brought back to the camp for disposal.
How To Get There: The turn-off to the reserve is 23 km beyond Bulwer on the Pietermaritzburg/Underberg road, R617. The road is tarred as far as the turn-off. It then becomes a gravel road to the hutted camp, a distance of 27 km. The route is well signposted.