Rising over 3000 metres into the great African skies and extending for around 1,125 kilometres from northwest to southwest, the Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in South Africa and forms a breath-taking border between the Kingdom of Lesotho and the garden province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Set on a broad base of sedimentary rocks, atop a massive balsalt cap, this spectacular ‘barrier of spears’ forms a significant part of the Great Escarpment and the main watershed of South Africa. So besides its phenomenal façade, what makes the Drakensberg such an appealing destination amongst international and domestic travellers?
With origins dating as far back as the Mesolithic period in the Middle Stone Age, the Drakensberg offers a fascinating history spanning over 2 million years. The earliest inhabitants of the area were the indigenous San tribes who roamed the rugged slopes and dwelled within the sheltered mountainous areas of what is now known as the uKhahlamba region. During their settlement these hunter-gatherers created remarkable rock art which has become synonymous with the Drakensberg region. An irreplaceable collection of some 35 000 individual images awaits you on your visit to the Drakensberg – offering an unforgettable journey into the lives and culture of our ancient ancestors – an unparalleled experience unique to the mountainous Drakensberg region.
When they’re not exploring the remarkable San paintings, dramatic inclines and rocky paths or unparalleled panoramic views, local and international travellers are enjoying the luxurious world class accommodation facilities nestled in the four lush valleys of this mountain and valley wonderland. Some of the Drakensberg accommodation options include: 5-star hotels, charming lodges, cosy guest houses, beautifully decorated bed & breakfasts, and self-catering accommodation such as holiday homes, apartment rentals and holiday suites. Drakensberg holiday resorts such as The Cavern Resort & Spa in a private mountain reserve adjoining the Royal Natal National Park Amphitheatre have proven to be one of the region’s biggest draw cards, attracting large numbers of both local and international visitors. As a result, the Drakensberg’s appeal can be largely attributed to its impressive range of world class accommodation.
For years the Drakensberg region has been considered the ultimate mountain retreat, attracting flocks of visitors seeking a peaceful escape from the stresses of modern city life. Crisp air, glittering streams and vast expanses of verdant mountain and valley terrain give the Drakensberg region unparalleled appeal and undeniable tranquillity. However, for the daring adventure seekers, the Drakensberg is the quintessential adventurer’s playground, offering an extensive range of activities including: 4×4 trails, quad biking, white water rafting, rock climbing and canopy tours.
A terrific range of activities together with spectacular mountain and valley accommodation and beautiful attractions pulsating with ancient history and authentic San culture give the uKhahlamba region its incredible allure and has helped the area gain immense popularity amongst travellers planning holidays in South Africa, and ultimately made it one of the most desirable areas of interest in South Africa. Make your trip to South Africa unforgettable by visiting the incredibly breath-taking uKhahlamba region – an area of sheer natural beauty, absolute tranquillity and fantastic adventure.