Stretching for over a thousand kilometres, the Drakensberg Mountain range sits like a beacon at the heart of South Africa, enticing many tourists with its majestic vistas and adventurous activities. Drakensberg remains a pristine environment for the outdoor enthusiast. Here’s what we like to get up to in the Drakensberg.
Explore the Drakensberg scenery on foot
The Drakensberg is a World Heritage Site and exploring the mountains on foot is a must-do while in the area. A variety of hikes are on offer, from day trails, to overnight stays in caves and even a multi-day adventure that traverses the entire range. Explore the lush mountainous terrain of the Drakensberg, with rural villages and rock art sites along the way.
Drakensberg Canopy Tour
The Drakensberg Canopy Tour offers you a chance to slide through the Blue Grotto forest. Situated in an indigenous forest of the Central Drakensberg, in the shadow of the towering Cathkin Peak, this tour boasts Africa’s first elevated rock face walkway and cable slides of up to 60 metres high. Switch off from the real world as the calls of more than 150 species of birds set the tune for this epic adventure. Remember to wear closed shoes and take your camera.
Lotheni Nature Reserve
The Lotheni Nature Reserve is situated within the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. There are many scenic walking trails for the young and old as well as a moderate 14 km mountain biking trail. There is a variety of wildlife including duiker, eland, grey rhebuck and mountain reedbuck. There is also a diversity of more than 172 bird species such as lanner falcons, giant kingfishers, and Cape vultures. Trout fishing is also popular at the Lotheni Nature Reserve and a refreshing swim at the Cool Pools is a must.
The Drakensberg is also acknowledged as a RAMSAR site for its high-altitude wetlands, which lie above 2750m, and for its amazing birdlife. This region offers a plethora of heart-stopping adventure activities, set against a breathtakingly beautiful mountain landscape. Whether you are there to hike and rock climb or to just relax and enjoy the scenery, there is something for everyone in this part of South Africa.
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