rock_and_water Senqu is the perfect destination for you if you enjoy hiking, fishing or hunting in the shadow of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. Challenge yourself and your vehicle on exhilarating 4x4 trails, take in the exceptionally varied birdlife on a tranquil walk or have an invigorating bicycle ride surrounded by beautiful scenery.


The numerous hiking trails and mountain passes in the area have given rise to the phrase “stitching the dragon’s tail” to describe traversing the escarpment. Several bird species are unique to the area, making it a favourite area for bird watching. The area also abounds in ancient San rock art, making hiking in the area even more exciting: there’s something fascinating to discover around every bend.


The Senqu area includes the following towns:

  • The historic town of Lady Grey, nestled in the Witteberg Mountain, with its historic buildings is the oldest town in the area. Lady Grey is also home to the annual passion play, which takes place at Easter and the Lady Grey Arts Academy and its well know Altec Choir ;
  • The bustling town of Sterkspruit, gateway to Lesotho via the Tellebridge Border Post and home of anti-apartheid struggle hero, Mapetla Mohapi ;
  • The picturesque town of Rhodes, which is surrounded by pristine rivers teeming with trout and magnificent mountains ;
  • The historic town of Barkly East, home of the Barkly East Reporter, one of the oldest newspapers in the country, an excellent museum which gives the visitor a good insight into the history of the Highlands