HIGHMOOR

Pack your fly-fish­ing gear and come camp in the moun­tains.

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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.

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