If you love adventure and travel, the Drakensberg is one of the best destinations for you. South Africa is well known for its Beautiful scenery along with its wildlife. This article will describe to your more about the Drakenberg Mountains in Kwa-Zulu Natal province and some of the things you can do when visiting.
If you’re reading this, it probably means you are planning to visit, or already on your way to, the rugged terrain of Drakensberg in South Africa. You’ll find yourself among imposing hills (which has been declared a World Heritage Site) and scenic views of the villages and farmlands below.
I’m going to get into this a bit later in the guide. For now, I want you to know that visiting Drakensberg is one of the most amazing experiences in South Africa.
Vacation In Drakensberg
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Drakensberg & Midlands Holidays
The Drakensberg region is a popular holiday destination for good reason. Everywhere you look you gaze upon an appealing setting thanks to the rugged beauty of the Drakensberg mountains. These awe-inspiring tabletop peaks form the boundary between South Africa and the kingdom of Lesotho. Roughly translating to “dragon mountains” the Drakensberg mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A holiday in the Drakensberg promises you a wonderful adventure getaway. Visit the caves that house over 600 examples of San rock paintings, or go on a breathtaking hike or horse trail. Try your hand at abseiling or white water rafting; there’s really something for the whole family. Drakensberg holiday accommodation offers you a wide range, from boutique camping, or glamping, to five-star hotel and spa experiences.
At the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains you’ll find the Midlands, a beautiful region filled with lush green stretches of farmland, quaint villages and a thriving arts and crafts route. The scenery is akin to the European countryside with its verdant pastures, grazing cattle and foreign flora planted by the English and Dutch settlers. Expect beautiful guesthouses, days spent browsing art galleries, visiting cheese farms and hiking through the hills and forests. The Midlands really makes for the perfect romantic getaway.
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Discover the natural majesty of the Drakensberg and discover what makes this mountain range a World Heritage site. The Drakensberg region offers breathtaking views, world-class hotels, and countless other exciting activities, from golfing to hiking, fishing and more.
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Drakensberg holidays are incredibly popular with South Africans and international visitors alike. Dramatic landscapes and fresh mountain air make the Drakensberg a perfect choice for those in search of either a luxuriously laid-back escape or an adventurous getaway – or both. The ‘Berg’ is best known for its Drakensberg Mountain range – South Africa’s highest mountain range, with its highest peak, Thabana Ntlenyana, reaching approximately 3482 metres above sea level.
Speaking of its famous peaks, travellers should definitely add Giant’s Castle, Champagne Castle and Popple Peak to their itinerary. Keep your eyes peeled for more than just the stunning scenery as the range is home to a host of majestic animals and feathered friends, including bushbuck, eland, caracal, and the Cape vulture.
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The region is made up of the Northern and Southern Drakensberg, as well as the Central Drakensberg. Many travellers favour a Northern Drakensberg holiday because this is where the majority of the tallest mountains can be found, many of which boast unbelievably beautiful snow-capped peaks in the winter.
This is also where you’ll find the Royal Natal National Park, part of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the mammoth sandstone cliffs and valleys, all while taking part in a range of activities, such as hiking (of course!), fishing, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Don’t miss the quaint Midlands Meander route with its charming pubs, art studios and tea gardens.
Central Drakensberg is another must-see, especially if you’re keen to explore the Giant’s Castle Reserve, famed for its San rock art.
WHAT TO DO
Aside from hiking, fishing, horse riding and the host of outdoor pursuits you can enjoy on a Drakensberg holiday, other things to do include:
- Join a canopy tour. You’ll glide through flourishing indigenous forests and catch sight of numerous towering peaks along the way.
- Recover from the adrenalin with a bottle of barrel-matured wine at Cathedral Peak Wine Estate.
- Tour a traditional Zulu village. Enjoy a guided walk and a chat with the villagers, take part in a weaving lesson or sample the local brew known as mfula mfula.
- Visit Ardmore Ceramics, the Mandela Capture Site and explore the artsy Midlands Meander with its ample cosy pubs.
WHAT TO KNOW
Most travellers embarking on a Drakensberg holiday are headed there with hiking on the agenda. If so, the best time to travel is during the autumn months (April – May) or the spring months (September – October) when the weather is mild and there isn’t a lot of rainfall. If you’re not averse to a bit of chill and you want to catch a glimpse of the range’s stunning snow-capped peaks, plan your holiday for mid- or late-winter (July – August). Note that it’s recommended to hire a sturdy 4×4 to get around the Drakensberg to make the most of your getaway.
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The most charming accommodation options for a memorable Drakensberg holiday promise a distinct Alpine and cosy laid-back feel – perfect for unwinding and de-stressing during your time away. Accommodation in the Drakensberg provides travellers with a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of daily life, offering silence and serenity, along with access to a variety of interesting activities to keep the whole family entertained.