After a recent trip to Sodwana I took a detour to reconnoitre the quaint village of Lüneburg (place of the moon) which lies nestled in the northern Drakensberg and is the original settlement of German Lutheran missionaries who in 1854 named the community after their home-town in Germany. The views, the buildings, the landscapes sublime and take one back to a simpler time and a slower pace. Today it is the site of the oldest German school in northern KwaZulu Natal and lies virtually on the border with Mpumalanga; Deutsche Schule Lüneburg. Its closest neighbour is the city of Paulpietersburg. There are a number of B and B’s, Self Catering establishments. Attractions; fishing, trails, cycling, birding, wetlands, mountain passes, clear night skies for star gazing. Take a week to explore and make sure you are in a 4×4 / SUV.
I “relied” on my Garmin Nuvi and despite telling it to avoid dirt where possible it took us on mostly that. Never again! I had not planned on such a massive detour. Needless to say I have restocked the 4×4 with real maps. From Piet Retief (R543) it took us to Lüneburg then over some very challenging dirt road mountain passes to the exit just south east of Wakkerstroom on the Utrecht Rd.
4 hours (don’t believe the Google map estimate of 2.5 hours) of really poor roads both badly potholed tar and mostly dirt and logging trucks vying for space on narrow bridges with broken or no railings. Don’t let this put you off. It’s doable. In daylight.
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