Drakensberg - KwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg

These beautiful mountains also known as “the mountains of the dragon” are in an area of dramatic beauty. Three thousand metre high peaks soar above grassy valleys and crystal clear streams. Superb day and overnight hikes lead the visitor into one of the world’s rarities – true wilderness.

What to see and do

  • Drakensberg San Rock Art

    The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site. Six hundred caves and shelters containing 35 000 superb rock paintings have been found in the park. These were made by the San people, hunter-gatherers who lived here from Stone-Age time until the mid 18th century (4000 years). The San drew both people and animals. Sadly, they no longer exist, having been exterminated by farmers and bounty hunters in the 1800’s. The rock art tells a story of San life, belief and spirituality. The Kamberg Rock Art Centre does guided walks to sites. The Giant’s Castle area has quality paintings.

  • Sani Pass

    A steep and rocky 4X4 track that is the only road crossing the sheer escarpment cliffs into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

Backpacker Accommodation in the Drakensberg

Hiking - Drakensberg Kwazulu-Natal

Drakensberg backpacker tours

Northern Berg

Northern Berg - Cathedral Peak

The regal Northern Drakensberg is the highest part and probably the most remarkable of the Drakensberg mountain range, rising to over 3 000 meters. It stretches from the Royal Natal National Park, down to Cathedral Peak. The amaZulu people call it ukhahlamba, which translates in English to ‘Barrier of Spears’. The Mountains of the Dragon provide an awesome semi-circular border between KwaZulu-Natal and the inland mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The watershed of the basalt peaks divides the rains and snow, some flow westwards over Lesotho towards the Atlantic Ocean, and some down the slopes into KwaZulu-Natal, headed for the warm Indian Ocean.


Central Berg

Central Berg - Champagne Castle

Central Drakensberg has some of the most stunning landscapes nature has ever produced. This makes it a very popular destination with hikers and rock climbers.  Some of the highest peaks in the world can be found in this area; Cathkin-3149m, Monk’s Cowl-3234m and Champagne Castle-3248m.  There is also Didima Valley and Cathedral peak, they also have brilliant scenery.


Southern Berg

Southern Berg - Horse back the Basotho way

A whole new world for your senses awaits you here. This place is so un-commercialized that it is possible for you and your hiking partner to be the only people on a trail. There are a few options for self guided tours, such as, the 5 day Giant cup trail, which has overnight accommodation, the Rhino peak, Hodgsons peak and so much more. Not to mention the nature reserves, crystal clear lakes and rivers. Rare species of bird, flowers, and vegetation and high concentrations of rock art are to be found in this off the beaten track travel destination. All you have to do is ask your hostel information desk and they will help you out.  The famous Sani pass is the only road (4x4) from KwaZulu Natal into Lesotho.

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