Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg mountains is an awe-inspiring mountain escarpment in KwaZulu Natal. It offers superb mountain walking, ancient Bushmen rock paintings and charming craft studios.


The Drakensberg mountains, or ‘The berg’, as local South Africans call it, is a spectacular region to visit in KwaZulu Natal. It offers superb mountain walking, ancient Bushmen rock paintings and charming craft studios.  It was South Africa’s second World Heritage Site. Hotels in the Drakensberg mountains naturally focus on the glorious walking on offer. But there are other delights....

The Drakensberg offer some superb examples of ancient Bushmen rock paintings at Giants Castle and Kamberg nature reserves. You can visit many arts and craft studios in the Central Drakensberg. There are also weekly musical recitals by the world-class Drakensberg Boys Choir – if you time your visit right!

In the Southern Drakensberg, you can take the guided 4×4 ascent to the top of Sani Pass to Africa’s highest pub in the rugged Kingdom of Lesotho. (Note that you will need to stay in the Southern Drakensberg for the preceding night, as its too far to drive from the central or northern Drakensberg).

At the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains lies the Natal Midlands. This offers a gentler sort of beauty with rolling hills and picturesque river valleys as well as the well-known Midlands Meander arts and craft route. From here you could visit some of the central Drakensberg sites for the day such as Giants Castle, enjoy the treetop canopy tour at Karkloof or visit the very moving Mandela capture site and museum.

Hotels in the Drakensberg - Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Many of the Drakensberg hotels are very family-friendly with a range of activities on offer to suit adventurous families. However many of lodges are orientated more towards couples.


Why you may love it

  • The Drakensberg mountains are perfect for families & keen walkers alike.
  • Stunning mountain hiking with daily guided walks from many mountain resort hotels.
  • Walks to superb Bushmen rock art sites at Giants Castle & Kamberg.
  • Didima Rock Art Centre near Cathedral Peak Hotel.
  • Ardmore Pottery Studio.
  • Treetop canopy tours.

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"The Drakensberg mountains were spectacular. We most enjoyed Victoria Falls that literally took your breath away.  The river boat cruises at Livingstone were well worth it.  Also getting so close to the animals at Umlani in the Timbavati, even the lions and leopards. " Mr Martin Butler, UK
Did you know
  • NameDragon Mountain in English
  • Size200km long, with the tallest peak at 3,500m

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