Determining on what portion of the Drakensberg to check out can be tough.
I lived in the Drakensberg for in excess of 15 several years and of program I have my favourite locations to take a look at, but right here, I’ll talk about the areas and their points of interest briefly so that, when you decide to check out, you’ll have an concept on where by to go…
The Northern Drakensberg is situated about 300km from Johannesburg and would choose about 3-3½ hours by road to journey there. The Royal Natal Countrywide Park is located in this region and the most photographed mountain peaks recognized as the amphitheatre, can be viewed from most lodging possibilities. It is an area nicely acknowledged for its scenic elegance and hikes. There is an adventure centre open to the public, horse rising things to do, a golfing class and numerous walks. It the region with the most effective hospitality from the luxurious lodges and inns appropriate down to the B&B’s!
The Central Drakensberg spans these types of a extensive spot across the Ukhahlamba Earth Heritage site that I am going to have to break it up into 5 areas. When most people communicate about the Central Drakensberg they necessarily mean the Champagne Valley or Cathedral Peak.
– Cathedral Peak
(4 hours from Johannesburg, 2½ hrs from Durban by street)
This is a valley on its very own accessed by way of Winterton or Bergville and only has 3 accommodation choices, the KZN Wildlife campsite, the Didima chalets and the Cathedral peak Lodge. This region is property to majestic mountain peaks, waterfalls and superb climbing trails.
– The Champagne Valley
(4 several hours from Johannesburg, 2½ several hours from Durban by highway)
This valley is a vacationer mecca with countless numbers of beds readily available and every single kind of accommodation you could desire of, there are a lot of routines, sporting facilities, retailers, golfing courses and the mountain to climb.
(4½ hours from Johannesburg, 2½ hrs from Durban by street)
This concealed valley is a have to for individuals seeking to escape the crowds, there is only 1 camp that presents campsites and cottages for self-catering, serious hikers will enjoy the amount of caves and overnight climbing trails in this location.
– Giants Castle
(5 several hours from Johannesburg, 2½ hours from Durban by street)
Giant’s Castle is named following the mountain peaks that from a length glance like a sleeping giant. It is perfectly recognized for its Bushman or San cave museum exactly where existence-like Bushman / San figures convey alive scenes of an period earlier. The walks, rock art, landscapes and upmarket services have produced it extremely well-known.
(5½ hrs from Johannesburg, 2½ hours from Durban by highway)
Kamberg is positioned just south of Giants Castle and is home to some of the most effective Rock art in the Drakensberg and has a new Rock Artwork interpretive centre which is very well worthy of a visit.
The Southern Drakensberg is situated about 250-300km away from Durban and usually takes between 2½ and 3 hrs by street.
The Southern Drakensberg is famed simply because of the Sani Move, nonetheless there is considerably extra to stop by other than the Sani Pass. The two very little villages all over which you can obtain lodging are Underberg and Himeville. It been given additional rainfall than the northern areas and consequently is lusher, with larger sized and steadier streams wonderful for those people wanting to do fly-fishing. Lodging is assorted and you will obtain a area to match your taste and budget.
So, even although I believe you must make time to visit all the areas of the Drakensberg, I am knowledgeable that time can be a difficulty so I hope this write-up will support you to system an Ukhahlamba Planet heritage Internet site stop by, whether it be for its organic elegance and wilderness or for the cultural expertise of its historic peoples!