Lüneburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, RSA

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.

Northern Berg Vista

Rolling hills and mountains. Northern Berg Vista, KZN © Harvey Grohmann

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.

View Driving directions to Lüneburg from Piet Retief in a larger map

Here is a link to German Societies and Institutions in South Africa.

Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries etc: BandH
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!

ALL IMAGES ON THIS SITE ARE © Harvey Grohmann. Read more for Terms and Conditions:

You MAY NOT use ANY of my images in ANY form whatsoever on your blog, your social media network, your website, your publication(s) or any other form, electronic or otherwise without my WRITTEN CONSENT. You may link to this page using the social media buttons provided but you may not copy and paste it elsewhere. It is quite easy to request permission and my rates are reasonable. I make a living from photography and selling images. By “using/sharing/it’s on the web it must be free” my images, even if you think you have “fair use” rights, think again. You are stealing from me be it for financial or personal gain. My work is protected by copyright globally and you could be charged for and/or prosecuted for unauthorised use.

Read here and here to understand your risks. Please respect photographers rights, effort and skill and support them by paying for their work.


  1. Werner Schwarz Aug 29, 2015 2:03 pm  Reply

    n Großvater war Pastor hier in 1909 bis 1958

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *