Memel on the R34 north-east of Harrismith, lies in the foothills of the Drakensberg. Meaning 'surrounded by water', the area has become one of South Africa's prime birding destinations. Of special interest is the renowned 5 000ha Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve, where the magnificent Seekoeivlei wetlands cover some 2 000 ha.
A few minutes' drive to the east and south are the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. On the escarpment at Moorefield, 25km from Memel, indigenous forests are home to some 245 bird species including 21 listed Red Data species, such as the Blue, Wattled and Crowned Cranes, Rudd's and Botha's Lark, the Yellowbreasted Pipit and the Bald Ibis.
Other attractions include the Sediba Hiking Trail, biking, 4X4, fly-fishing and horse trails.
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