Within uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, Monk’s Cowl, another stunning slice of the Drakensberg range, offers superb hiking and rock climbing. Within the reserve are the three peaks Monk’s Cowl, Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak.
The area en route to the park is known as Champagne Valley. This is full of cafes, pleasant accommodation options, bakeries, and enough (nonhiking) tourist activities to keep you busy for days.
The Thokozisa complex, 13km out of Winterton on R600 and at the crossroads to Cathedral Peak, Monk’s Cowl and Giant’s Castle (via Estcourt), is a useful spot to orient yourself. It has a clutch of craft shops.