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The Drakensberg Mountains

Why visit the Drakensberg mountains?

The wild and rugged scenery makes the Drakensberg mountains a paradise for hikers. San Bushmen rock paintings and fascinating wildlife and birdlife further enhance this region’s appeal.
Reasons to visit the Drakensberg mountains include:

  • The landscape: the towering peaks of the highest mountains in southern Africa, cascading waterfalls and lush forests carpeted with ferns. 
  • Explore caves decorated with San Bushmen rock paintings, some painted 800 years ago, others as recently as the 19th century. 
  • Watch out for the large herds of eland, groups of baboons and the astonishingly sure-footed klipspringer, who gallop across precipitous rock faces. 
  • Visit the awe-inspiring mountain scenery of the Royal Natal National Park. Don’t miss the Amphitheatre ”“ a 4km long a crescent of 1000m sheer basalt cliffs - and Tugela Falls, where the river drops 500m over the rock face. 
  • Hike in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage site and home to many famous and beautiful areas such as the Sani Pass - a road of hairpin bends taking you over the escarpment into Lesotho. 
  • Walk though the Giant's Castle Game Reserve and spot eland, oribi, grey rhebok, mountain reedbuck bushbuck, rare lammergeyers, Cape vultures, black eagles, jackal buzzards and lanner falcons. 

When to visit the Drakensberg mountains?

Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are particularly good. In the summer months (December to February) can be stormy, while the winter can be very cold, with snow not uncommon.

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There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.


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