Drakensburg

Drakensburg 

The Drakensberg is one of KwaZulu-Natal's two World Heritage Sites. This World Heritage Site is part of a much longer mountain range that stretches some 1,600 kilometres from South Africa's northernmost provinces to the Eastern Cape. Not only does the World Heritage Site protect a stunning natural mountain wilderness area, it also protects an amazing cultural legacy of ancient rock art in Africa painted by Southern Africa's earliest inhabitants, the San or Bushmen.

This lovely natural wonderland is referred to by locals simply as the 'Berg'. One of the world's most famous choir schools, The Drakensberg Boys Choir School, is based in the central Berg area and it is a delight to attend one of their regular concerts. Other activities including white water rafting and helicopter flips.  The Drakensburg has a variety of beautiful hotels and boutique gems.  Food and wine are very high on the list of this majestic scape of mountainous vistas.  Very romantic or a very active adventurous couple of days. The ‘Berg’ has it all. 

In the park itself, hiking along the footpaths through the mountains, camping in caves or stopping to picnic and taking a dip into the rock pools with tumbling streams and cascading waterfalls are just some of the great pleasures of a visit to the beautiful Drakensberg.  Another is day trekking to explore caves and overhangs containing some of the more than 22 000 individually painted rock art images by the San people who once inhabited these shelters. The Main Caves at Giant's Castle Reserve offer tours by accredited tourist guides who tell the tales of these ancient places and peoples.

This is a photographer’s dream come true. The morning mists swirl around the dramatic mountain peaks and through the cool yellowwood forests. In summer, dramatic mountain storms crash around the mountain peaks and in winter, the snow-capped heights are a sight to enjoy from the cosy warmth of your fireside. It is wonderful just to sit and take in the views of herds of eland, and other smaller antelope making their way across the sandstone-flanked valleys. Baboons bark in the distance while black eagles and bearded vultures soar between the towering cliffs. Abseiling, rock climbing and ice climbing in winter.