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Coordinates: 28°44′S29°22′E / 28.733°S 29.367°E / -28.733; 29.367 Coordinates: 28°44′S29°22′E / 28.733°S 29.367°E / -28.733; 29.367
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uThukela
Municipality Okhahlamba
  Total2.74 km2 (1.06 sq mi)
 (2011) [1]
  Density1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
   Black African 60.4%
   Coloured 1.3%
   Indian/Asian 14.6%
   White 20.0%
First languages (2011)
   Zulu 82.2%
   English 12.1%
   Afrikaans 1.3%
   Sign language 2.3%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code 036

Bergville is a small town situated in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was established as Bergville Mountain Village in 1897 by Francois Steyn and is now the commercial centre for a 2,500 km2 dairy and cattle ranching area. A blockhouse was built by the British soldiers in the town during the Second Boer War


Bergville is equidistant from Johannesburg and Durban and is also known as the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg holiday resorts. It lies on Route R74 which is a more scenic alternative to the N3 Toll Road. This route takes one via the Oliviershoek Pass, traditionally used to access the Drakensberg, from Johannesburg. Bergville is easiest reached from Durban by turning off the N3 after Estcourt, joining the R74 through Winterton towards the mountain.

There are many small villages associated within Bergville including Hambrook, Green Point, Acton homes Zwelisha, Moyeni, Bethany and Thintwa village.

Other towns in the immediate region include:


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  1. 1 2 3 4 "Sub Place Bergville". Census 2011.
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