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Chilling out under the mountain

Underberg, lying in the southern foothills of the Drakensberg, is one of South Africa’s premier fly fishing destinations with numerous quaint cottages and great lodges catering for people wanting to escape the city, go fishing and chill out in this picturesque region.

Literally meaning ‘under the mountain’ Underberg is typical of many small South African towns that has a mix of shops like Pep alongside quirky home craft shops, a butchery, a petrol station, a grocery store, a lattice of roads and local pubs. Over the years these towns may have lost some of their original charm, but here in Underberg, the surrounding gin clear rivers and magnificent mountains have not changed an iota. Although fly fishing is a major draw card, there are other activities like tubing down rivers, enjoying walks or hikes, staying in a cave or a mountain hut, horse riding, or golf at the Underberg Country Club. If you have a 4x4, head up Sani Pass and snake up this, the third steepest pass in the world which reaches into Lesotho. There is loads of accommodation, and Wildside has chosen some great places which you will find on the pages that follow. There are also lots of eateries dotted throughout the region where you will find delicious baked goodies and other decadent country food. Best you take your hiking boots along.

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