Roman Baths

About the Trail

Roman Baths is a real little gem of a hike and one that is not often talked about. Mostly its a  pretty easy 6 km walk starting at the kamberg Nature Reserve at the trout dams with a very gentle mostly uphill along the base of the valley.

Roman Baths is a great spot for a family outing, picnic, a swim and lunch on the side of the river. The pools are beautiful.

If you venture into one of the little valleys the other side of the river bushman paintings may also to be found. If you have booked ahead a rock art custodian can give you a guided tour, but the site is usually locked to protect the art from vandalism.

Up ahead of you stretches Giant’s Castle on the skyline, with the Kamberg cliff face, in which there are fine examples of rock art, to your east.

En route look out for the perfectly undamaged toilet bowl (if it is still there) – all that remains of an old homestead that once stood in the reserve!

The Roman Baths are the ruins of old Roman Baths, just left of a series of giant tree ferns where the route splits 3.9 km after heading up the valley from the Kamberg Chalets (passing the trout dams to your left). From the dams there is a jeep track (pay no heed to the No Entry sign as this is aimed at vehicles).

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Roman Baths


Distance: 6km

Elevation: 185m

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Author: Antbear Reservations

Bio: Andrew has been living in the Drakensberg area for nearly 20 years. He has walked nearly every trail himself and recommends daily what his guests that stay his lodge do each day. He certainly is a great person to talk to



What makes Roman Baths such a special hike?

Spectacular swimming and a really special picnic spot.


The trail experience


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