This is a wilderness area of untouched beauty. It was granted Cultural & Natural UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2000 for the unique environmental diversity & priceless legacy of Rock Art preserved in sandstone rock shelters which offer us a glimpse into the enigmatic lives & rituals the San people who once lived in these mountains.
Typically the altitude at the base of the Drakensberg is 2000m while the High Berg escarpment rises & falls around 3000m. The Drakensberg is South Africa’s major watershed, many of the country’s biggest rivers start in these Mountains which include the Tugela flowing out to the Indian ocean in the East and the Orange River winding Westward to the Atlantic ocean
We have great Drakensberg mountain hiking options for all levels of fitness and time schedules, from Drakensberg Day walks to multi day Drakensberg treks!
- Royal Natal and Amphitheater Slack Packing Trail – A popular option for a short overnight Drakensberg trek is the3 day Royal Natal and Amphitheatre slack packing trail. You stay at a few Drakensbrg accommodation establishment. The accommodation is basc but comfortable. The trail gets you up onto Drakensberg Amphitheatre Escarpment, hike to Tugela Falls & Mont aux Sources, all within the Drakensberg Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site.
- If you’d prefer a more relaxed option, our the Giants Castle Slack Packing trail offers luxury hiking that at a more moderate level. Overnight in Drakensberg lodges, all meals are catered for and your luggage is transported to the next lodge. The trail takes place in the Lowlands Conservancy and Zulu Waters private Game Reserve.
- If you’re a keen peak bagger have a look at a guided hike up Thabana Ntlenyana, climb Mafadi Peak or take on South Africa’s 3 highest Peaks. These are four day guided Drakensberg trips. Our suggestion is to make sure you taior make this trip and use the service of a Drakensberg Guide
- If spectacular vistas and uninterrupted days of walking in the mountains appeal to you, book a guided Northern Drakensberg Traverse or Drakensberg Grand Traverse for 6 or 14 days of wilderness camping and mountain scenery.