The Drakensberg – or just ‘The ‘Berg’ as it is affectionately known – is South Africa’s highest mountain range and rises to heights of over 3000m above sea level. The Drakensberg Park became KwaZulu-Natal’s second World Heritage Site (after the St Lucia Wetlands Park) in 2000, and as such enjoys great protection and environmental management to ensure it’s pristine beauty is around for many generations to come.
Home to the bushman tribes of Southern Africa, the range has in more recent times played host to the armies of the warring Zulus, Afrikaners and British. Aged rock paintings depict the daily lives of the native Bushmen while several war monuments tell the story of a bloody recent history. The Drakensberg is an area rich is cultural history and is of considerable anthropological importance.
Nature lovers will enjoy the serene beauty of the range where horseback riding, white water rafting, rock climbing and abseiling, fishing, hikes and 4×4 trails are all on offer. The natural diversity of the area is clear for all to see in the Giants Castle Game Reserve that houses some rare raptor species – like the bearded vulture – and over 800 flowering plants, while the ukhalamba Drakensberg Park is home to antelope and over 200 species of birds.
After an enjoyable day spent outdoors, why not stop off at the highest pub in Africa on Sani Pass (bordering Lesotho), or enjoy a pampering at one of the many world-class spas in the area. There is a wide range of accommodation options ranging from the rustic to the luxurious, and almost all are child friendly. Some even offer 9 holes of golf for dad!
The fresh air of the neighboring yellowwood forests refresh and invigorate all year round while the mountain’s highest peaks are covered in deep snow during the winter month and autumn sees the fields resplendent in waist high blossoms of red cosmos. There truly is no better place for quiet reflection than amongst the sandstone peaks of the beautiful Drakensberg mountain range for you or your family.