It’s Africa! The Drakensberg.


It’s Africa! The Drakensberg.

This majestic mountainous region can be found in the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau and creates a natural border between South Africa and Lesotho.

This Escarpment stretches for over 1000km and can be seen towering above the horizon when driving through Kwa Zulu Natal towards the Eastern Cape as it has an elevation that ranges between 2,000 to 3,482 metres. Within the mountains you will find many small waterfalls, rock pools, caves, old San paintings and hiking trails.

So you may ask, where did the Drakensberg get its name? It comes from the Dutch settlers who believed that the mountains looked like a dragons back hence it received the name “Drakensberg” which translates to “The Dragon Mountain.”

The beautiful South African mountain is divided into 3 separate regions, namely the Northern, Central and Southern Drakensberg with the most popular destinations being in the Northern and Central Drakensberg. Each region has its own things to see and do so it entirely depends what you would like to see and which parts of the vast mountains you would like to visit and explore.

Taken from the following website are highly recommended activities to do when visiting the Northern part of the Drakensberg:

  • Hike at Royal Natal
    Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, World Heritage Site
    The Royal Natal offers a number of scenic trails for the whole family. The Cascades Trail is especially popular among families with young children as the easy gradient and paved pathways make it very achievable.
    The Fairy Glen Trail is also a lovely family trail that goes through an indigenous forest beside the stream to a beautiful waterfall.
    More adventurous hikers will not want to miss the Gudu Falls and Tugela Gorge Trails – Make a whole day of these hikes with a packed lunch and a swimming costume – the river pools are irresistible (and freezing cold!)
  • Amphitheatre Hike
    This is a definite for your bucket list – a climb to the top of the world-famous Tugela Falls. This full day outing to ‘the top of the world’ takes in some of SA’s most scenic trails. Guests drive to the Sentinel Car Park (+-120km from All Out Adventures) before tackling the hike via the contour path and chain ladders. Guests must be fit and well equipped to complete this hike due to the high altitude (2600+m) and dramatically changeable weather conditions. It is better to go with a guide. Community guides can be arranged through the Visitors Centre at Royal Natal Park.
  • Bungee Bounce and Kids Zone
    at All Out Adventures
    All Out Adventures also offers awesome activities for children. Little children as young as age two can enjoy the Bungee Bounce – a trampoline and harness system where they are attached to bungee ropes and winched up above the trampoline; something like a giant jolly jumper. They can bounce and safely perform back and front flips if they wish.
    A bungee bounce ticket also includes access to the Kids Zone, an enclosed play area with duelling Sit and Zips (mini zip lines with an automatic brake system), a trampoline, swings and the Ninja Warrior Junior Course. Parents can refuel with a giant Cappuccino while the children happily burn up some energy.


Taken from the following website are highly recommended things to do when visiting the Central Drakensberg:

  • Hot air ballooning. Experience the awesome thrill and peaceful serenity of hot air ballooning. Hot air balloon flights are offered principally on the edge of the Drakensberg Mountains' the hot air balloon take-off is from a site in or around the Kamberg Valley and within sight of Giants Castle. The Antbear Guest House has the best balloon launch location.
  • Bushman Rock Art. The central Drakensberg is home to a large sandstone cave containing Bushman rock art, one of the biggest and best preserved painted sites in southern Africa. Regular guided tours to the bushman rock art sites are available on a daily basis. Kamberg, Injasuti and Highmoor, Giants castle, Monks Cowl and Cathedral Peak offer rock art site open to day visitors
  • Drakensberg Canopy Tour. Led by trained guides as you glide between platforms perched in trees and on cliff faces, allow your senses to flood with the timeless atmosphere of the forest. The inspiring nature of the majestic Drakensberg, the ancient indigenous forest, waterfalls and the cascading stream make this an opportunity not to be missed. The Drakensberg Canopy Tour is a fun and safe eco-adventure for the whole family and is also ideal for teambuilding and corporate events. The tour typically lasts 3 hours after which you will return to the reception to enjoy a well-deserved light meal.
  • Spionkop Game Reserve horse trails. Horse Trails through the reserve, where game is abundant, provides the adventurous with close-up views of a variety of game including giraffe, and encounters with white rhino. This is the best way to see game in the wild as animals are far less tolerant of people on foot. This is an experience not to be missed.

These are only a few exciting activities available and there is also a huge array of different accommodation options within and also outside of the Drakensberg that you can choose from.

If you are planning on taking a trip to see these beautiful mountains and to get away from your busy and crazy life at home but are unsure where to begin, why not send #MirVisaTravel an email on where we can ask you a few questions and help you come up with an exciting or relaxing trip that will never to be forgotten!

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