ACCESS – MAP TO RESERVE
The R56 leading west from Matatiele towards ONR is 12km tar (R56) plus 38km of challenging gravel (DR08646, with signboard to reserve), with fantastic views of the southern berg. Approx 1 hr (Matatiele is the closest town).
Road from the Eastern Cape (western) side is via Maclear and Mt Fletcher along the R56, with no signboard for reserve at the gravel road turn-off marked “Farview/Xaxazana”. Approx 1hr along gravel to reserve through scenic villages.
The reserve is bisected by the DR08646, a public gravel road, which leads up the impressive Ongeluksnek Pass between SA and Lesotho. An SA border post is located at the base of the pass (08h00 to 16h00).
The pass has a 1000m rise (equivalent to Table Mountain), and was first driven in an old Land Rover by Matatiele resident Lionel Whittle, via the stock trails in the early 1950s. A simple hand built road was developed as a trading route between Matatiele and Mt Moorosi in the late 1960s by a local trader. The old trading store ruins can still be seen alongside the road half way up the pass on the western side. The road was properly shaped and built in 1991 by the then Transkei Roads Department, and was under renovation in February 2009. The route leads through to Mphaki in southern Lesotho, via the spectacular Lake Letsie wetland area, which is a declared RAMSAR site.