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Thread: Exploring some lesser known Drakensberg streams

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    There many ways, depending on the area that you are exploring, but generally it requires some advance research. sometimes you get a map, find a river on it, and go there... that's called "blue lining", and sometimes people end up on private land without knowing it. There are one or two guys on this forum, who are famous for "accidently" finding themselves on private land, and when they get caught, are very good at pulling a mirriad of very valid excuses..... We know who they are
    Private land in the main 'berg is not an issue. It's pretty much all state owned. What is an issue being robbed by Basutus at night.

    I'm doing this for 5 days next month, combined with some days on a spectacular lake high up in the 'berg. Lovely stuff!!
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    Thanks andre
    Im hoping the guys who started the post will tell us too

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    You will find it unusual for people who go exploring for rivers, to share their secrets. We call them the "stream X brigade". The fact that its been posted here, means it isn't a huge secret, but the Drakensberg has hundreds of unfished rivers, so to find one isn't going to be difficult.
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    No.. its not mainly State owned, in fact very little, apart from the National Parks is state owned, and these you can pretty much fish in with a permit, you junt need to get into the Park, pay the fees, and away you go . Outside the Parks, the land is either tribal concessions, or private farms.
    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamS View Post
    Private land in the main 'berg is not an issue. It's pretty much all state owned. What is an issue being robbed by Basutus at night.

    I'm doing this for 5 days next month, combined with some days on a spectacular lake high up in the 'berg. Lovely stuff!!
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    I would like to know what the consequences are if found on someones land?

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    death?

    Quote Originally Posted by saflyfish View Post
    I would like to know what the consequences are if found on someones land?
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    To answer for the guys who are interested in doing similar trips.

    Probably unless you are a pretty experienced hiker you will not pull this off. Its hard work carrying a 20kg pack (yes all that fishing equipment adds weight!) in the mountains as the terrain can be pretty unforgiving and navigation tricky.

    WRT to "where to go", as Andre indicted there are many such places in the 'berg, some with better fishing than others.

    I would recommend sticking to the ones in the KZN wildlife reserves initially (rather that the tribal areas or demarcated wilderness areas). None of these places are secret, they are marked on the map .. all you have to do is look at a map, plan your route, and head off. As Graham hinted, safety can be an issue, but if you apply some common sense and "play by the rules" .. generally you should not have any problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    No.. its not mainly State owned, in fact very little, apart from the National Parks is state owned, and these you can pretty much fish in with a permit, you junt need to get into the Park, pay the fees, and away you go . Outside the Parks, the land is either tribal concessions, or private farms.
    Just the Ukahlamba park covers 2,428 km2. In the foothills of the 'berg, sure, it's easy to end up on a farm by mistake. But in the big 'berg it's mostly part of the park or part of Lesotho.
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    maybe, but good luck finding it ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by firephish View Post
    maybe, but good luck finding it ...
    Ya there is a big difference between the WC and KZN, there are FAR more rivers in KZN, chances of finding it is very slim!
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