The UNESCO-listed Drakensberg mountains attract nature lovers, adventure-seekers, and avid hikers alike. Set off on foot between April and July for an unforgettable experience exploring uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park, which is considered one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the country. You're bound to fall in love with the beauty of the mountains, valleys, rivers, and prairies, which are home to nearly 300 species of birds. During your Drakensberg getaway, follow one of the hiking trails in Royal Natal National Park to reach the top of Mont-aux-Sources (10,728 ft. high), one of the tallest peaks in these mountains. You can even go rock climbing there.
Some hikes lead you to the Tugela gorges in the southern part of Royal Natal National Park, where you'll discover one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, with gorgeous views of the Amphitheater ridge. The Drakensberg region is also home to hundreds of cave paintings, waiting to be discovered in the Kamberg nature reserve or Giants' Castle. These cave paintings are over 4,000 years old, and invite you on a journey through the San people's history. This region is perfect for outdoor activities like horseback riding, mountain climbing, and even skiing as it sometimes snows here during the winter.
A large part of the Drakensberg mountains are located in the small Kingdom of Lesotho, a landlocked country within South Africa. If you're traveling by 4x4, drive along the Sani Pass, one of the most beautiful panoramic routes in Africa, to reach the Lesotho border. Take this route to the highest peak in the Drakensberg mountains, whose summit stands at 11,423 feet tall, and admire the majestic, dizzying views. You can also go on beautiful walks here, on your own or with a guide, as well as horseback rides, before spending the night in a lovely accommodation or with local hosts.
Ask one of our local expert agencies to help you organize a single or multi-day hike in the Drakensberg mountains. Once you arrive, don't forget to write your name in the registers located at each trailhead.See more