Pack your fly-fishing gear and come camp in the mountains.
HIGHMOOR NATURE RESERVE Peak time
Apparently, you can catch the best trout in KwaZulu-Natal in the Highmoor Nature Reserve, so make sure you book in advance because only six anglers per day are allowed. Here you’ll find rainbow and brown trout. The last section of the narrow tar road from the Mooi River winds up to the top of the Drakensberg and ends at Highmoor. The reception office resembles an old forestry station and the campsites are sharp left about half a kilometre further. As you drive into the campsite you drive at the back of the seven stands laid out in a row next to each other. Right after the stands you have to make a 90° turn around a storm water pipe to get to the front. In front of the stands is a neat piece of lawn that looks out over the mountains not unlike a stage. Your stand is in a nook partitioned off by trees. Each stand has its own ploughshare braai and garbage can, but there is no electricity. Behind the stands, next to the entrance road, are three taps. Opposite the road is a square thatch-roof stone building with a shower room with two shower heads across from each other and a separate toilet. There are two dams teaming with trout, and besides the camping fees it costs an additional R100 per day to fish. You’re only allowed to catch two fish in each dam, and the first dam is about a kilometre’s walk from the office. The next one is another kilometre further on. If you want to enjoy more of the fresh mountain air, or if your family rather wants to explore the area while you fish for trout, head to the caves. It’s a twoand-a-half-hour walk up a steep pass and back. The last 100 m to the cave is a hectic downhill and small children should rather not attempt it. The cave is a large 40 m long overhang with a waterfall. It’s a nice place to have a picnic.