The Drakensberg

The Drakensberg

The Drakensberg mountain range is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, and stretches the entire length of the western boundary of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Drakensberg

Stunning mountain range

The first European settlers called them 'Dragon Mountains'; the Zulus call them 'Barrier of Spears' - whatever you know them as, the Drakensberg mountain range is one of the most spectacular natural features of Africa.

The highest mountain range in Southern Africa, the Drakensberg scenery is breathtakingly beautiful.  Snowcapped in the Winter months, the mountains form a massive barrier between KwaZulu-Natal and the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Tens of thousands of rock art paintings on rock faces depict the daily life of the San people, or bushmen, who roamed these slopes for years.  In December 2000, the area received international recognition and was declared a World Heritage Site. 

Nature lovers will enjoy the many hiking and walking trails available for all levels of ability.  There are easier walks through lush meadows and across clear streams, or more strenuous hikes up and across rugged mountain terrain.  In addition there are countless other activities including horse riding, fly-fishing, helicopter flips, and even white water rafting to be enjoyed.

Less than 2 hours drive from Durban, the Giant's Castle Game Reserve attracts visitors who come to visit one of the many San rock art sites, hike through the meadows and low hills, or climb Injasuti (the highest mountain in South Africa, at 3,459m).  This is a stunning area with clean air, high mountains and waterfalls.  Large herds of eland are a common sight.  Two of the best places to see San rock art are at the Main Cave and Battle Cave. The paintings here date back thousands of years, and are still clearly visible on the walls and the ceilings. It is not possible to visit these on your own, but the Parks Board provide knowledgeable local guides at the entrance to the caves for a nominal fee.

In the Central Drakensberg region, Cathedral Peak is the easiest of the higher climbs at 3,004m (9,853ft).  It is a full day's climb, but you do not need any special equipment, just a fit pair of lungs and strong legs!

The Royal Natal National Park, in the Northern Drakensberg, is renowned for its stunning scenery and the famous Drakensberg Ampitheatre, a 5 km wide rock wall which stands 500m high.


Giant's Castle Lodge

KZN Wildlife Camp

Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings

A proclaimed protected area since 1904, Giant's Castle is 34,638 hectares in the central Berg region. Situated on the grassy plateaux among deep valleys below the sheer rock face of the High Drakensberg, this famous reserve offers glorious views.



Alpine Heath Resort


Just 3 hours from both Johannesburg and Durban, and considered to be one of Southern Africa's premier conference and holiday venues, Alpine Heath Resort allows you to relax in the comfort of an exclusive mountain village nestled in the midst of the Northern Drakensberg. The superb 3 bedroomed self-catering chalets each have a fireplace, DSTV and private patios with views of the Drakensberg.



Cathedral Peak Hotel


Guest Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings

Nestled amongst the beautiful Drakensberg Mountain range lies Cathedral Peak Hotel. Since the hotel first opened to guests in 1939, the hotel has been renowned for its warm hospitality and exceptional service.



Montusi Mountain Lodge

Country House

Guest Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 based on 11 ratings

The 14 individual garden suites each stand alone in the garden and have a comfortable bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a lounge and private patio. All the suites have panoramic views of the Drakensberg's Amphitheatre.



Hartford House

Country House

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

The 13 luxurious suites are all decorated in a fusion of colour, style and texture, and are equipped with a telephone, satellite TV, and mini bar. Some suites have a jacuzzi spa bath.



Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Guest House / B&B

Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings

The superbly appointed rooms are all individually decorated, and consist of 5 en-suite rooms, 4 luxury suites, and 2 luxury cottages. Attention to detail is evident everywhere.



The Nest


Surrounded by breathtaking scenery in the heart of the Drakensberg, The Nest holiday resort has a friendly atmosphere, and is ideal for families. Guests can choose to relax around the pool or in the gardens, or take advantage of the many first class facilities available, including bowls, tennis, croquet, snooker, horse riding, walking trails and guided hikes into the mountains.



Didima Camp

KZN Wildlife Camp

Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

The luxurious Didima Camp, at Cathedral Peak in the Central Drakensberg region, has been themed around the art of the San people. Didima Camp features luxury 2 or 4 bed chalets, a 2 bed honeymoon suite and a 6 bed bungalow.



Drakensberg Sun


The Drakensberg Sun is a luxury resort situated high in the dramatic landscape of the Cathkin Peak area of the Drakensberg Mountains, and offers visitors breathtaking views and fresh mountain air. Extensive use of natural materials, polished wood and rich earthy colours and offer comfort.



Penwarn Country Lodge

Guest House / B&B

Penwarn Country Lodge is a country retreat just outside Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg. The farm Penwarn lies in a beautiful valley traversed by two rivers.



Sani Pass Hotel


Guest Rating: 3.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings

Sani Pass Hotel is situated directly at the base of the magnificent Sani Pass, in The Drakensberg, and offers a fantastic range of sporting facilities on its 800 hectare grounds.Aommodation in the main hotel building consists of standard double rooms set in the hotel gardens.



Drakensberg Gardens Resort


Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Leisure Resort is located on a scenic 860 acre estate, in the heart of the Southern Drakensberg.Your choice of accommodation are contemporary rooms or thatched bungalows.



Thendele Camp

KZN Wildlife Camp

Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 4 ratings

The camp, which is split into upper and lower sections, consists of 26 comfortable self-contained chalets that accommodate either 2 or 4 people each. All units are equipped with satellite TV.



Moorcroft Manor


Moorcroft Manor offers 8 classically decorated rooms all with en-suite bathrooms. Choose from standard double rooms, a junior suite and 2 executive suites.



Otters Den Cottages

Self-Catering Cottages

There are 4 thatched cottages, each with a private balcony overlooking the Lions River. Each cottage is for 2 people and has an en-suite bathroom with its own jacuzzi spa bath.


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The Drakensberg Mountains

Holiday Ideas

Going back to Nature
Kosi Forest Lodge

St Lucia Wetland Park, Pakamisa Game Reserve, The Drakensberg, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.

12 day itinerary.

Prices from GBP £ 1,043 US$ 1,585 ZAR 20,599 EUR 1,408 pp*

Safaris, Saddles and Surfing

Durban, Amazulu Private Game Reserve, Pakamisa Game Reserve and The Drakensberg.

10 day itinerary.

Prices from GBP £ 1,051 US$ 1,597 ZAR 20,754 EUR 1,419 pp*

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Mkuze Falls Game Lodge

Mkuze Falls Game Reserve, Durban, The Drakensberg and The Battlefields.

11 day itinerary.

Prices from GBP £ 1,106 US$ 1,681 ZAR 21,841 EUR 1,493 pp*

Battles, Bergs and Big 5
Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge

Nambiti Private Game Reserve, The Drakensberg, The Battlefields and Durban.

10 day itinerary.

Prices from GBP £ 1,125 US$ 1,709 ZAR 22,211 EUR 1,518 pp*

Nature at its Best
Thanda Tented Camp

Thanda Private Game Reserve, St Lucia Wetland Park, The Drakensberg, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.

12 day itinerary.

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