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Harrismith is a reasonable sized town situated about halfway between Johannesburg and Durban on the N3. Most people only know it as a convenient refuelling stop for both vehicles and people, but it does have more to offer. In the foothills of the Drakensberg, it is close to the Northern Berg, and the Amphitheatre and Mont aux Sources are easily accessible from here. Both offer excellent hiking and day walks. Also close by is the Sterfkontein Dam, which is very popular with fly anglers keen on testing themselves against the indigenous yellow fish, which makes a rainbow trout seem like an overfed koi.

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