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uKahlamba Drakensberg Park

uKahlamba Drakensberg Park (South Africa)

Practical information on uKahlamba Drakensberg Park

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Essential
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
From South Africa or from Lesotho, by hiking trails
When to go
In summer
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of uKahlamba Drakensberg Park

Camille Griffoulieres Seasoned Traveller
111 written opinions

Also called uKhahlamba, the Drakensberg national parkstretches over almost 240,000 hectares, bridging the borders of Lesotho and South Africa, and matching the mountain range from which it derives its name. Its classed as a world heritage site by Unesco.

My suggestion:
Avoid the rainy season (in summer) and winter (because of the snows), and remember to bring hiking equipment to the top of the mountain, so you can spend a few days hiking. 
My review

This national park is very impressive, because of its size first of all, then because its wild and well-preserved feel, then because of the vastness of its mountains. There are three peaks which are more than 3,500 m high, and many different hiking trails. On the South Africa side, the hotels are well organised and, based at the foot of the mountains, they organise ascents which last several days. The mountains certainly do lend a sense of charm. But actually, I preferred the Lesotho side.

I travelled to Lesotho via the Sani Pass, the only access point on the South side, where the mountain is at its highest. The passage is breathtaking, and I'd recommend you spend a night in a lodge right at the top. You can see the Sotho shepherds going about their daily lives on their horses, with their robes and their sheep. It's an incredible place for hiking. It's easier to access the park via the North of Lesotho: there, ecological tourism is well developed, and the villages open to tourists are already situated at a height.

I loved this national park because of the incredible scenery it offers, its intact San cave paintings, which I discovered with the help of a guide, and the traditional life of the Sothos in this region, which can be quite a struggle in winter. There are also great musicians who love to play somewhere where they'll get an echo from the mountains; don't be surprised if, in the middle of your hike, you hear some traditional chanting!

The Drakensberg scenery at sundown
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