As the reserve is now a closed reserve to travel around the reserve you must be accompanied by an environmental monitor, but generally there are three directions in which to travel.
Verloren Valei Nature Reserve is situated in near-pristine wetlands and offers excellent examples of the natural wetland characteristics of the sour grasslands of the Steenkampsberg Plateau. The wetland system of some 850 hectares was declared a Ramsar Site in 2003. It spans the watershed of the Crocodile and Olifants catchment basins, and four rivers making up these systems rise on the reserve. It is particularly rich in orchid species that come into flower between September and the beginning of February.
From Dullstroom travel for 6 km on the R540 in a northerly direction then turn off onto De Berg Road, and proceed for 8 km to the reserve entrance gate on your left.
Alternatively, head out of Dullstroom towards the Town Dam and immediately before the gates turn left up to the railway line. Turn right before the railway line and follow the service road for some 8 km before joining the De Berg road. This route passes wetlands and dams where many specials have been seen.
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency
As mentioned above the reserve is now a closed reserve so to book a visit contact the reserve office on 013 254 8800, or the reserve manager on 063 927 7362 (WhatsApp 076 279 63150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com. A nominal charge is levied by the reserve.
Friends of Verloren Valei: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Text prepared by:
GJ Skinner – Chairman Escarpment Bird Club (with credit to The Friends of Verloren Valei).