This area has the largest indigenous forest in the Drakensberg range and the richest concentration of rock paintings in the world.
It is a bird-watcher's paradise – at the lodge itself you are likely to spot various large crane species, the hammerkop, and secretary birds. This is one of the last places in the world where you can see the bearded vulture ("Lammergeier"). At "vulture restaurants" you will see large numbers of the Cape Vulture. Several eagle species live here
A wide variety of animals, such as baboons, eland (the largest antelope species), jackals, mongoose, and hyrax (rock-rabbits) can be viewed here. Although you'd be very lucky to spot one, leopard are well established in the area. If you're very, very lucky you may even be eaten by one.
There are three game reserves nearby: Weenen, Spionkop, and Nambhiti (near Ladysmith). If you have an extra day to spare, it's well worth taking a drive in your car to these reserves.