The district of Underberg/Himeville - now officially known as KWA-SANI, is situated in the Southern Drakensberg area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Drakensberg is a high altitude area and perfect for sports training teams. We are justifiably proud of our mixed World Heritage status, the Drakensberg now being known as the Ukhahlamba National Park. It is unusual for an area to be declared both a Natural and Cultural Heritage Site, which is proof that we have something special in this magnificent part of South Africa!

Despite being a predominantly farming community, Underberg and Himeville have grown considerably over the last twenty years and are now also home to many successful commercial businesses. The district is popular for young and old – many persons retiring from city professions escape the rat-race and spend their retirement in this area known for its beautiful scenery and fine trout fishing. We also have a selection of properties for sale in East Griqualand, consisting of grazing, crops and timber arms, in one of South Africa's best livestock farming areas. If you want value for your money, quite simply, you cannot do better. Add to that the untapped eco-tourism opportunities and you can only decide that this is the area for you.

Explore Underberg

Sani Pass

Sani Pass

The gateway to Lesotho via Sani Pass provides 4x4 enthusiasts with the perfect challenge. The Sani Pass is one of the most spectacular mountain passes in South Africa. It climbs up through the sheer cliffs of the Drakensberg escarpment in a series of tight zigzag curves. A trip up the Sani pass combines amazing scenic splendour with a fascinating glimpse of the unique mountain culture of the Basotho people.



The Country Club boasts an excellent golf course as well as other sporting facilities such as squash, gym, cricket and touch-rugby. Apart from its excellent fishing, the Umzimkulu River is a favourite for canoeists and those who choose to float downstream in a less energetic way.



Hiking and walking in the Drakensberg is a major activity in this area, as is horse riding. Friendly and sociable clubs such as tennis, bowls, wildlife, bird watching and gardening are regularly supported by locals and visitors alike. The Kwa Sani area offers a multitude of hikes catering for all grades of fitness and enthusiasm.

Hiking and nature

Hiking and nature

Hikers have a choice of gentle strolls of a few hours; all-morning hikes that will bring one to features such as San rock art sites, pristine 'Berg pools and streams, caves and hilltops with splendid views; or overnight trips taking the ardent hiker deep into the mountains and even up the great escarpment onto the South Africa - Lesotho border.

Living in Underberg

Areas near to Underberg

Amanzimtoti, Ballito, Berea, Durban, Durban North, Hibberdene, Kokstad, La Lucia, Margate, Montclair, Mount Edgecombe, Newcastle, Pinetown, Port Edward, Port Shepstone, Richards Bay, Scottburgh and Pennington, The Midlands, Umdloti, uMhlanga, Umtentweni, Upper Highway, Westville,


Underberg Primary school is a co-educational establishment offering small classes from Grade 1 through to Grade 7. There are a number of other primary schools in the vicinity.


There are local doctors, the Underberg Clinic and the Sani Pharmacy in Underberg. For larger hospital facilities with theatres and specialists residents of Underberg would need to travel to Howick or Pietermaritzburg. Underberg is also home to South Africa’s premier specialist facility in drug and alcohol rehabilitation.


Underberg is a busy little town with most facilities available to residents, such as, a supermarket, pharmacy, local country inn, hardware store, stationery shop, book store, health shop, sports/hobby shops, service stations, and a few well-known arts and crafts outlets.


Underberg is an hour and a half’s drive to Howick and the N3 highway which connects Johannesburg to Durban. King Shaka International airport is a two anda half hour’s drive.

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius