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It’s easy to see why the mythical beauty of the Drakensberg Mountain Range has inspired many legends in the Zulu, Afrikaans and English cultures. Scraping the sky at over 3400 meters, the jutting peaks of the Drakensberg are known as uKhahlamba (Barrier of Spears) in Zulu and Dragon Mountain in Afrikaans.

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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Kamberg Valley
5 Bedrooms, 4 Suites, 2 Cottages. 1 Self-catering Cottage
PPS from R 2,085

If it’s legendary food, spectacular scenery and tranquillity you’re after, then Cleopatra is for you. Richard and Mouse Poynton and their team welcome you warmly to their...


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Penwarn Country Lodge

Underberg
7 Bedrooms and 4 Self-Catering Units
PPS from R 300

Penwarn Country Lodge is near Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal and offers three options - self-catering, bed and breakfast or dinner, bed and...


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Spion Kop Lodge (Spioenkop Lodge)

Spioenkop
8 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,900

Spion Kop Lodge offers warm hospitality in the Battlefields and Drakensberg Region of KwaZulu-Natal, set in indigenous tranquil grounds on an eco farm. The perfect place...


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Three Trees at Spioenkop

Spioenkop
6 Bedrooms, 1 Family Suite, 1 Private Villa
PPS from R 2,490

Set in the Battlefields of Kwazulu Natal, overlooking the secluded malaria-free valley of Spioenkop Game Reserve, where aloes, acacias, giraffe, zebra and rhino create a...


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Montusi Mountain Lodge

Bergville
16 Suites
PPS from R 1,715
Includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Montusi Mountain Lodge is an exclusive guest lodge in the northern Drakensberg mountains of Kwazulu Natal, a World Heritage Site, offering superb views of the magnificent...


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Antbear Lodge

Giant's Castle area
7 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,150
Includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

A little off the beaten track, in a beautiful setting with a dramatic view of the Drakensberg, Antbear offers a warm and friendly welcome. Overlooking the Bushmans River and...


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Winterton Country Lodge

Winterton
7 B&B rooms, 3 self-cater units
PPS from R 525

Winterton Country Lodge is located near Winterton in the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg area, a perfect breakaway or stop-over on your way to the coast. Indulge yourself in this...


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Hilltop Cottage

Underberg
2 Bedroom self-cater cottage
Units from R 1,600

Hilltop Cottage is a fully equipped, spacious and beautifully appointed 2-bedroom cottage with the most panoramic views of the southern Drakensberg mountains. Built in 2013...


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Cathedral Peak Hotel

Cathedral Peak
103 Rooms and 1 Presidential Suite
PPS from R 1,315
Includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

In the scenic uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a combined Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site, Cathedral Peak Hotel offers warm hospitality, superb cuisine and a host of...


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Sani Valley Nature Lodges

Sani Pass
11 Lodges, Self-Catering
PPS from R 1,072

At the foot of the famous Sani Pass and bordering the renowned Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, lies the unique and tranquil Sani Valley Nature Lodges. Surrounded by...


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KarMichael

Himeville
4 B&B Rooms, 3 Self-Catering Cottages
PPS from R 455

KarMichael, located near Himeville in the southern Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal, is in a delightful farm setting with rolling green pastures, dams and dramatic views of the...


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Valemount Country Lodge

Underberg
6 Rooms, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 760

Valemount Country Lodge welcomes guests to a peaceful country breakaway in serene surroundings overlooking the Umzimkhulu valley of the southern Drakensberg. Along with...


Qambathi Mountain Lodge

Kamberg Valley
5 Rooms
PPS from R 1,454

This contemporary boutique lodge and wedding venue is set in a private game reserve in the scenic Kamberg Valley, against the backdrop of the majestic Drakensberg mountains....


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Elgin Guest House

Underberg
4 rooms
PPS from R 580
Special Deal

A picturesque working dairy farm with panoramic views over lush farmlands to the Drakensberg mountains. Recently redecorated, four stylish rooms offer DStv, fridges,...


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Malachite Manor

Underberg
6 rooms
PPS from R 980

Nestled in the Southern Drakensberg, part of the beautiful uKhahlamba World Heritage Site, you’ll find the small piece of paradise that is Malachite Manor. Its close...


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Drakensberg travel guide

It’s easy to see why the mythical beauty of the Drakensberg Mountain Range has inspired many legends in the Zulu, Afrikaans and English cultures. Scraping the sky at over 3400 meters, the jutting peaks of the Drakensberg are known as uKhahlamba (Barrier of Spears) in Zulu and Dragon Mountain in Afrikaans.

Never mind how fit you are, just pack your hiking boots because there will be a walk that’s perfect for you. The Drakensberg escarpment is an eco-tourist destination that stretches through quite a few provinces. It also forms part of the border between South Africa and Lesotho. Outstanding sights include the impressive Tugela Falls, the Amphitheatre, Cathedral Peak and the Sani Pass. The most visited section is the ukhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park. Come here to be rewarded by a magnificent World Heritage Site, grazing herds of oribi, eland and reedbuck and a wealth of ancient San rock art sheltering in its caves.

As well as hiking there is plenty for the active soul: fly-fishing, horse-riding, mountain biking, bird watching and safaris. Think fresh clean air, green hills, snow in winter, flowers in spring, wooden chalets and chilled rock pools.

Northern Berg:

  • Amphitheatre: one of the most enormous cliff faces on earth is part of the Royal Natal National Park. There are some incredible hikes here to suit all walking levels.
  • Mont-Aux-Sources – Above the Amphitheatre is one of the highest peaks of the Drakensberg, where several rivers originate. From the Sentinel car park above Witsieshoek you can do a one-day hike with chain ladders at the end taking you to the summit of Mont-Aux-Sources with its magic views.
  • Tugela Falls – At the top of the Amphitheatre, the second highest waterfall in the world tumbles over the cliffs in five drops. You can hike to the foot of the falls up the stunning Tugela Gorge or continue from the summit of Mont-Aux-Sources.
  • Bergville – This mountain town is the main entry to the Northern Drakensberg. Visit the nearby Zulu handicraft centre, Thandanani to purchase traditional beadwork, woodwork and baskets.

Central Berg:

  • Kamberg Valley – in the foothills of the ukhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park, great opportunities for walking and birdwatching but take the chance to visit The Kamberg San Rock Art Trail and Interpretive Centre. The centre tells visitors all about the world of the San. To top it off you can take a walk with a community guide to see superb examples of rock art.
  • Cathedral Peak – hiking trails range from hours to days. This area encompasses the Didima Valley with a rock art centre and, if you’re not feeling like walking, an easy drive over Mike’s Pass to the top of beautiful Didima Gorge.
  • Champagne Castle – this area attracts loads of hikers and is a popular wedding destination with its waterfalls, trout streams and forests. It is overlooked by Cathkin Peak.
  • Giant’s Castle – a game reserve in the ukhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park where you can spot the bearded vulture, eland and magnificent rock art.
  • Monks Cowl Nature Reserve – this area is ideal for day visitors and offers hikes from easy to more challenging, such as the contour path. A walk to Nandi Falls is an easy yet scenic choice.

Southern Berg:

  • Sani Pass – a spectacular and nerve-racking mountain pass which climbs in tight curves up through the cliffs. The route rises steeply to the highest point in Southern Africa that you can reach by vehicle.
  • Underberg – this small town is an excellent base from which to explore this section of the ukuhlamba-Drakensberg National Park. Filled with rivers, pools and ferns, the Southern Berg is less crowded than some other parts of the Drakensberg.
  • Himeville: a pretty and quaint town. Together with Underberg, Himeville is big on fly-fishing and there are many kilometres of river for you to choose your spot.

Around and about:

  • Spioenkop – One of the most violent battles of the Anglo-Boer War took place here. Today the Spioenkop Dam is an excellent location for watersports, fishing, walking and driving safaris (look out for the once almost extinct white rhino).
  • Battlefields – These sites are packed with reminders of Boer, British and Zulu skirmishes. Visit the mGungundlovu, where the Zulu chief, Dingaan wiped out Piet Retief and his fellow Voortrekker followers. Other historically interesting sites include the Ultimatum Tree, Bloukrans, Blood River, Rorke's Drift and the renowned Isandlwana where the British were defeated. Don’t miss out on Ladysmith, and the Talana Museum at Dundee.