A mountainous World Heritage site featuring several hikes and the world's largest collection of San rock art
Known for its hiking routes, nature reserves, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife, Drakensberg is the ultimate place of adventure. Home to a large collection of rock art with San Bushmen depictions dating back several thousands of years, the uKhahlamba/Drakensberg Park was formally designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. Stretching more than 1000 km, Drakensberg’s highest peak, Thabana Ntlenyana, rises 3.482 m above sea level, making it Lesotho’s and Southern Africa’s tallest mountain. This awe-inspiring, rugged mountain range offers travellers the perfect opportunity to discover the natural beauty of the popular coastal province, KwaZulu-Natal.
Keep your binoculars on hand while exploring the diverse bird life of the great escarpment.
Explore the breathtaking peaks of the Drakensberg with an early morning hike through Monks Cowl.
See the early beginnings of art at the Bushman Cave Museum.
Get a bird’s-eye view of Drakensberg’s central indigenous forest with an exciting canopy tour.
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Best time to go to Drakensberg
The KwaZulu-Natal part of the Drakensberg in South Africa experiences a very mild climate. During spring and autumn, Drakensberg’s weather is particularly pleasant. The days are warm and clear, and the nights are cool. However, it can be sweltering in the summer months that run from October through March, reaching temperatures above 30°C and dropping to chilly lows below 0°C. The winter months, running from April to August, are dry with the occasional snowstorm and frost. Ensure that you’re properly equipped if you are hiking in the high mountains.
Featured Drakensberg stays
Ama Casa Self Catering Cottages
Cosy self-catering cottages with breathtaking Drakensberg mountain views