KwaZulu Natal Tourism Region: Drakensberg Map
Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots if you’re heading to the Drakensberg (Dragon Mountain in Afrikaans), because this is hiking country at it’s glorious best. Towering up at over 3400 meters, the craggy cliffs and hills of the Drakensberg are also called uKhahlamba (Barrier of Spears in Zulu) because of the sharp spear-like peaks that jutted into the skies. Today these majestic mountains form a natural border between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho, and contain some of the finest examples of San rock art to be seen in South Africa. Expect some snow in winter and a floral feast in spring. Fishing, rock-climbing and game and bird viewing (bushbuck, eland, oribi and bearded vultures to name a few), or simply lie back and let your eyes sponge up thethe spectacular visual vistas
The 243 000ha Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is one of South Africa`s prime ecotourist destinations. Enjoy the ultimate freedom of the great open spaces.
Brimming with sites and reminders of the Boer, British and Zulu battles that occurred in this aptly named region of the Drakensberg, Battlefields is full of must-see sights for those fascinated by history. 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, Rourkes Drift and the renowned Isandlwana where the British were defeated. Don’t miss out on Ladysmith, and the Talana Museum at Dundee.
This small town is the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg and an ideal place from which to enter this beautiful South Africa tourism region. Conveniently, the Drakensberg Publicity Association is in Bergville. Between Bergville and the Royal Natal National Park you can visit the Zulu handicraft center, Thandanani to purchase some of the wide variety of beautifully made traditional beadwork, woodwork and baskets for sale.
This beautiful valley, nestling in the foothills of the mighty Drakensberg Mountains and offers wonderful hikes in the unspoilt Monks Cowl Nature Reserve. Towering above is Champagne Castle the second highest peak of the Drakensberg. A popular wedding destination.
Yet another picturesque valley at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains, visit the Kamberg Valley for beautiful fauna, flora, San rock art, walking, birding and riding, to create memories never to be forgotten.
It is hard for visitors to Spioenkop to believe that this peaceful place was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the Anglo Boer War. Today the Spioenkop Dam is the site of watersports including waterskiing, canoeing, sailing and privately owned power boats. Fishermen will delight in the plentiful carp, bass, bluegill and tilapia, and those who enjoy viewing wildlife can enjoy walking and driving safaris, where among other game, the once almost extinct white rhino can be seen.
Portfolio offers delightful, luxury, quality Drakensberg accommodation throughout this popular tourism region of KwaZulu Natal. Drakensberg accommodation options include B&Bs, guest houses, boutique hotels, farm stays, country homes and self catering accommodation.
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