Find places to visit, things to do and the best accommodation in one of the most fascinating and rewarding regions to visit in South Africa, The Drakensberg.
Regarded as the adventure capital of South Africa, The Drakensberg Experience is located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Stunning vistas and beautiful sunny skies in winter make it ideal for hiking and outdoor activities. The route is centred on the Drakensberg World Heritage Site, which includes Giant’s Castle and the Central and Northern Drakensberg.
The area extends from Hidcote in the south to Sterkfontein Dam in the north, including towns such as Estcourt, Winterton, Bergville, Weenen and Geluksburg, and covering the area up to but not including the towns of Colenso and Ladysmith.
Known to the Zulu people as uKhahlamba ('barrier of spears'), the Drakensberg mountains ('dragon mountains') provide a magnificent semi-circular border between KwaZulu-Natal and the inland mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The watershed of the basalt peaks divides the rain and snow, some flowing westwards over the alpine plateau of Lesotho towards the Atlantic Ocean, and some down the vertical slopes into KwaZulu-Natal, towards the warm Indian Ocean.