This small village, nestled in the shadows of the Swartberg Mountain, is found in the deep southwest of KwaZulu-Natal surrounded by the Eastern Cape and lies between Kokstad (45km away) and Underberg (67km away). Other mountain peaks like Mount Macdonald and St Bernard's Peak, surround the farms stays and guest lodges in the area. This is where you will find some of the most beautiful mountain formations in the country.

Swartberg is the central hub for the local farming community and is a hive of activity during local stock sales and sporting get-togethers. This whole region is an eco-traveller’s paradise as the crystal clear rivers run tirelessly through the mountainous countryside offering clean, crisp mountain air and mesmerizing landscapes for all to enjoy. Fishing in the well-stocked rivers and dams is a firm favourite for both visitors and locals alike.


During the winter months one can expect snow, especially around the foothills of Swartberg, making it the perfect time to be outdoors building a snowman or tucked up indoors before a roaring fire. In summer, the countryside transforms with lush green grasses, alpine wildflowers and a seemingly never-ending number of rock pools that make horse riding, hiking and mountain biking, particularly in the early parts of the day, fantastic. Visitors searching for a genuine 'getaway' experience will find the countryside around Swartberg the perfect place for a planned family holiday, or a weekend escape for two.

How to get there

Follow the R56 from Middelburg through to Kokstad and then via the R617 and on to Swartberg (Odometer 626km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg straight through to Kokstad and then via the R617 and on to Swartberg (Odometer 323km).

Getting Around

Self-drive would be best.

Where to Stay

There are many accommodation establishments in the surrounding area and neighbouring towns. Try out St Bernard’s Peak Mountain Lodge, Lake St Bernard, Valley Lakes, Rocky Mountain Lodge and Teddington Farm.

Where to Eat

Most of the farm stays and Guest Lodges provide meals or have self-catering facilities. Try out St Bernard’s Peak Restaurant or during the day visit “off the beaten track” Oregon Orange Café.


Eastern Cape: Middelburg Karoo, Cradock, Schoombee, Hofmeyr, Venterstad, Steynsburg, Burgersdorp, Molteno, Aliwal North, Queenstown, Lady Grey, Dordrecht, Indwe, Elliot, Barkly East, Rhodes, Ugie, Maclear, Mount Fletcher, Matatiele, Cedarville.
KwaZulu-Natal: Swartberg, Kokstad, Harding, Umzimkulu, Ixopo, Bulwer, Richmond, Baynesfield, Camperdown, Pietermaritzburg.