Drakensberg

Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

Drankensberg Mountains or the Berg is the most beautiful and largest mountain range of South Africa, with a stunning backdrop and picturesque landscapes, attracting millions of tourists from around the world. The name ‘Drakensburg’ has been drived from the Dutch, which means ‘Mountains of the Dragon’.

Along with its spectacular views, the Berg is the paradise for adventure sports lovers, as it offers the wide range of sports like hiking, mountain climbing, skiing and parasailing. Another incredible ancient art of the Berg is san cave paintings, which were made by ancient humans roaming the place in search of food and hunting the animals. You cannot get bored here, as there are many activities to enjoy while your stay at Drankensberg Mountains. You can choose from horse riding, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking or you can see the whole area with a 360 degree view by the helicopter tours. There are many beautiful resorts, excellent guest houses and exotic hotels to accommodate you to have a good and memorable time.

Location: KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, about 300 kms from Johannesburg

Climate: Summers are hot accompanied with frequent thunder showers While winters are extremely cold and are accompanied with snowfall.

In summers, pack your bags with light cottons. Do not forget to take umbrellas and raincoats also. In winters, carry heavy woolens to protect yourself from the chilling cold.

Best time to visit: March-May, September-November

How to reach:

By Air: The nearest International Airport is King Shaka International Airport in Durban. A smaller regional Airport is in Pietermaritzburg, which has regular domestic flights.

By Road: Public buses and taxis are available regularly.

Places of Interest

Cathedral Peak

Location: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in the Northern Drakenberg

How to reach: By public buses or by car

The Cathedral Peak is an exotic and a famous peak among the tourists and locals who want to try their hands on mountain climbing and hiking. The camp sites are the best to enjoy here, for picnics with your family and friends. The hiking could be tough on rainy summer days, as it makes the rocks slippery. In the winters, the smog and lack of sunlight makes it equally challenging. The cathedral peak area has many beauteous resorts which can arrange your activities. The san rock area is a good way to understand the local san people  lifestyle.

Giant's Castle

Location: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

How to reach: Easily reachable by bus or by car

“Well Okay, there is no need to panic” as there is no giant in the giant castle. It is a big mountain which got this name because its shape looks like a big sleeping giant. The Giant’s Castle Mountain is a place ideal for hiking and provides you the most picturesque views of the area. The giant’s castle mountain has various hiking trails to try out your stamina and will power. Another fascinating and popular thing about the giant’s castle is its native San rock art.

It is also the home of the majestic bearded vultures. The famous Vulture Restaurant present here is open in winters. At this time, you can watch the giant vultures and some other endangered species.

Champagne Castle

Location: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 230 kms from Durban

Best month to visit: Summers from March-May

Located at 3,000 meters above the sea level in the beautiful ‘Berg’ Mountain Range of South Africa, Champagne Castle has a very interesting story, which gave it its famous name. It is said that when two mountaineers David Gray and Major Grantham reached to the top of the peaks directly in front of the Cathkin Peak, they wanted to celebrate their victory by opening a bottle of champagne. But, the bottle slipped from the hand of their guide and fell on a rock. From then on, this peak was known by the name of Champagne Castle.

The climb to the mountain starts with the rocky path which looks easy. As you move up, the climb gets a little tougher and finally you experience the most scenic view of the mountain and berate pure oxygen.

The champagne mountain is surrounded by many other peaks, which are also an adventure to climb.

Mafadi

Location: It is located at the border of South Africa and Lesotho

Best month to visit: March-May

The Mafadi Peak is located at around 3,450 meters above the sea level on the south African- Lesotho border. The Mafadi Peak has the record for being the highest peak in South Africa. It requires about 3 days and 2 nights of hiking in order to get to the summit and that too, when the weather is clear. You can book the caves located in the area in order to spend time in it. You will have to take the permit before starting your journey.

The camping is restricted in some areas. So, kindly follow the instructions before planning your visit.

Njesuthi Mountains

Location: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, about 1.5 kms East of Mafad

Best month to visit: Summers

It is one of the tallest mountains of Berg, around 3,000 feet above the sea level. It is strategically placed on the border of South Africa and Lesotho. Climbing this mountain is the work of professionals, as it takes a strenuous time of about three days and nights to reach its summit. The Njesuthi Cave is the most interesting place, where you and your team can spend the harsh night time and rest for awhile. The mountain has very steep slopes, which make it tough for climbing.

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