The area that has become known as Little Switzerland is situated alongside the R24 from Harrismith and Bergville, and is named after the hotel of the same name in the area. Little Switzerland straddles the KwaZulu-Natal and Freestate border just a few kilometres south of the picturesque Sterkfontein Dam. The area is a mass of Pine Forest that overlooks the northern reaches of the Royal Natal National Park, which boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa.
This is an excellent spot for day trips into the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, being close to Mont-aux-Sources, the Inner Mnweni Needle and Cathedral Peak and the Amphitheatre. There are plenty of short hikes in the area for the not-so-experienced hiker, and plenty of climbs for the experienced rock and mountain climber. Little Switzerland is an ideal place for a Sunday drive - stop at the hotel for one of their excellent Sunday Carveries overlooking the mountains.