Welcome to Cobham

Cobham is situated in the Southern Maloti-Drakensberg Park, South Africa’s first cultural and environmental World Heritage Site, and is approximately 150 km from Pietermaritzburg. The exceptional natural beauty of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site is evident in its soaring basaltic buttresses, golden sandstone ramparts, rolling high altitude grasslands, steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges.

The area has incredibly rich biodiversity including many endemic species. This reserve is managed together with Vergelegen Nature Reserve to form one management section of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and is approximately 52 000 ha in extent.

Cobham Accommodation

  • 20 Campsites without plug points

    The campsite is a rustic open area where visitors can put up tents or caravans anywhere within the designated limits. There is a small ablution block with hot water showers and toilets.

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  • Caves

    Cobham has a number of caves which accommodate a maximum of 12 people on overnight hikes. These caves are reached by three-to-five-hour walks from the office.

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  • Kitchenette
  • Ironing board
  • Catering services
  • DSTV (limited)
  • Hotspots
  • Exhibition/convention floor
  • Restaurant
  • Room service - full menu
  • Courtyard
  • Lounges/bars
  • firewood
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Valet cleaning
  • Car hire


Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.


Private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 28.80 per day.

Cobham Activities

  • The southern Drakensberg with its pristine grasslands and beautiful scenery is relatively unspoilt and Cobham offers many day and overnight walks, including Sani Pass.

  • Fishing in the Pholela River is permitted and may be undertaken once a daily rod fee is paid at the office.

  • Only fly tackle is permitted.

  • Cobham Useful Information

  • No pets of any kind are allowed in the reserve.

  • Fire in the reserve has to be constantly guarded against, as it can do untold harm to the environment. Visitors are reminded that no fires may be lit and care needs to be taken with discarding of cigarette ends.

  • A small shop at the office sells maps, badges, refreshments, sweets and other basic foodstuffs. Groceries can be purchased in Underberg.

  • Late arrivals must make prior arrangements with the office. Entrance gate open and close at the following times:

  • Summer (1 October - 31 March) 05:00 - 19:00
    Winter (1 April - 30 September) 06:00 - 18:00

    Cobham Contacts

    Cobham: + 27 (0) 33 702 0831

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