Drakensberg Travel Guide

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Drakensberg Highlights

  • Pro
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     Total tranquility 

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     None I can think of 

  • In a nutshell
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     A great escape from city life, with lots to do 

Drakensberg Things to Do

  • Bushman Rock Art Centre

    KwaZulu-Natal's new Kamberg Rock Art Centre, now open to the public, will help visitors understand and interpret the more than 40 000 San Bushman images to be found in the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.It is here that the "Rosetta Stone" of San art first provided archaeologists with the key to interpreting the symbolism of the paintings as spiritual...

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  • Drakensberg Traverse

    If you want peace and quiet, real peace and quiet then the The Drakensberg Traverse is the most awesome trek you could imagine. We took 14 days leave from life and walked from The Sentinel in the Northern Drakensberg to Sani Pass in the South. A little over 200km of the most pristine Mountain Wilderness in the world. Much of the trek was through...

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  • Hiking up the mountains

    The cliffs above the Drifters Drakensberg Lodge are home to a colony of Cape Vultures, the foothills home to Eland and many other animal and bird species as well as lush indigenous forests with hidden caves and Bushmen paintings. Enjoy a lovely (but long!) hike up the mountains and enjoy dramatic waterfalls, deep valleys, and high peaks. You can...

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Drakensberg Restaurants

  • Animal Farm and tea garden/ Restaurant

    This charming establishment is situated on a working 500 hectare dairy farm. The restaurant is located in the old dairy.The restaurant is open Tuesdays to Sundays out of season, and seven days a week in season. Opening times are usually from 9.00am- 4.00pm and on Friday nights. They offer wonderful breakfasts, light lunches, and cream teas. There...

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  • Dinner table

    In our fantastic lodge there was a kitchen and all the needed facilities to enjoy fantastic dinner, not to forget the great South Africans wines.

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  • Pizza galore!

    The atmosphere of this place is hard to describe, really. Very laid back, mostly frequented by locals, serving great food & good prices. And centrally located with easy access. This place is great! Any Pizza. generally served thin-base, but they are still pretty big, and loaded with toppings!

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Drakensberg Nightlife

  • Fireplace

    All left to do after a night safari & dinner is to have a drink and to relax by the fireplace, yes, it was the middle of July and at that time of the year the temperatures can get low bellow freezing.

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  • Night out

    There is not much of a night out in the city if you know what I mean in the Drakensberg, the usual activities is gathering together few of the guest after dinner for few drinks and adventures chat.

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  • A quiet night out?

    I spent many a night at this pub, and always had a good time. It's mainly frequented by locals and Hlalanathi guests, and gets pretty busy on weekends. Great music (CD, not live), sport on TV, friendly faces... You'll enjoy it! No dress code

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Drakensberg Transportation

  • Quad bike

    This was the peak of the adventures here, not only the possibility to ride the quad bike all the way the Sanipass, but having the best guide you can dream of, Kevin Webster, a professional driver who lives many years in the region was as fantastic guide.

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  • Tours

    If not by own vehicle, there are also some tours around, one that I saw on my way is the Sani Pass tours which will take you all the way up to Sani Pass, but to be honest, I wouldn’t like to be in their vehicle at the time I took it over ;-)

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  • On car

    The best is of course to use your own car here, there is practically no real public transport here and own car gives you all the best option to explore and enjoy this beautiful part of the country.

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Drakensberg Shopping

  • Central Drakensberg Shopping

    thedrakensberg.com is an online shopping system for the Central Drakensberg. Whether you are a timeshare owner, camper or holiday-home owner, this website allows you to buy all your supplies online, at very competitive prices, and have it delivered free of charge to your accomodation before you arrive! Everything and anything! They also have a...

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  • Candles from Africa

    The Kwazulu Candles Factory Outlet is situated on the same premisses as the Kwazulu Weavers.Very interesting candles on sale.They also sell textiles from the local area at this shop

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  • Wool woven rugs

    The weavers here weave carpets/rugs using wool. The rugs are made on the premises. If you visit during the day you will be able to see the weaver in action. African masks are also on sale her.The Kwazulu Weavers Factory was established about 15 years ago. Kwazulu Weavers rugs are woven by weavers who have through generations handed down the art of...

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Drakensberg Local Customs

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    by PierreZA Written Aug 3, 2008

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    The Central Drakensberg is in Kwazulu-Natal. The local people here are from the Zulu nation.
    If you drive around, you will see many traditional homes in which the Zulu people live. We found the local people to be very friendly and welcoming.
    At Thokozisa, you can get an idea of certain aspects of Zulu culture. On the Sunday morning when we visited Thokozisa, a Zulu man was singing Zulu song, which was great to hear.

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Drakensberg Warnings and Dangers

  • Unpredictable weather!

    Walking and hiking in the Berg is safe and secure - provided that a few simple ground rules are observed: In winter, the higher reaches become spectacular snow-scapes, with the valley and peaks transformed into a wonderland of white. But if you are adventuring at this time of year, you need to be aware that glorious sunny days can quickly turn into...

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  • Snake potential.....

    There are 24 species of snakes found in the 'Berg of which only three venomous.Puff Adder :The most dangerous snake in the 'Berg, because it is highly venomous and relies on camouflage for protection. It basks on paths and rocks during the day and hisses loudly to warn enemies. It will only strike if it think that you are about to step on it. Most...

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  • Fog

    In the Drakensberg mountain roads the weather can change very quick as mountains usually are and often it can have very thick fog, lucky for us that were only on our first day in the morning, the rest of the time we enjoyed beautiful blue sky.

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Drakensberg Tourist Traps

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    by Gili_S Written Dec 22, 2008

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    Remember that wherever you go you are responsible to your own actions, this sign when entry to Sani Valley sounds very bad and one might think, huh, what the hell I am doing here :)

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Drakensberg What to Pack

  • Important Hiking requirements:

    Rucksack - A comfortable rucksack to carry all your equipment is essential.The most important thing is that you take a rucksack that sits comfortably.A sleeping bag is vital and it must be warm enough for below freezing conditions. Down bags are most common for mountaineering. A 'layer' system works well: a change or two of underwear and a T-shirt...

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  • How should one dress?

    Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.If you are doing a night hike, bring a backpack and a water bottle. Some ideas:Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. If you're going on safari, pack comfortable walking shoes and khaki, brown or beige casual clothes.Long-sleeved shirts and...

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  • The usual

    This place can get very cold during the winter and can have snow as well, be sure you have warm cloths with you. Hiking shoes will be very useful if you plan to take a hike. Good camera with zoom for good animal shots, a normal camera will be good enough for the beautiful landscapes

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Drakensberg Off The Beaten Path

  • Rock Carvings

    Just down the path from Sungubala Mountain Camp is the Silent Woman, aka the "Pawpaw lady" (Use your imagination), a rock carving done by Willie Chalmers in the 60's. Still in beautiful condition, a very easy walk for the whole family, with a nice stretch of river next to it.

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  • Bushman paintings

    The earliest inhabitants of the Drakensberg were Bushmen. The San people lived in harmony with their environment, taking no more than they needed to survive. They hunted when they were hungry, not for sport. I wish the West would take a note out of their book... and leave the poor animals alone (I am against hunting you might imagine!).Sadly,...

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  • Sani Pass by Quad Bike

    This is me on the way up the Sani Pass by quad bike. It is probably the most convenience measure to drive up the pass to 2874 meter high, it was fantastic trip.

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Drakensberg Sports & Outdoors

  • Drakensberg Guided Trekking

    If you want peace and quiet, real peace and quiet then the The Drakensberg Traverse is the most awesome trek you could imagine. We took 14 days leave from life and walked from The Sentinel in the Northern Drakensberg to Sani Pass in the South. A little over 200km of the most pristine Mountain Wilderness in the world. Much of the trek was through...

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  • Trout fishing

    Stocked dams and streams close to the resorts or in the wilderness areas of the Drakensberg are normally reserved for fly fishing. It is a popular sport which has many followers in South Africa, my hubby being one of them!Fishing is often limited to resident guests only but the KZN Nature Conservation Services have made several excellent trout dams...

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  • Bird watching

    My husband and I are avid bird watchers (and photographers!).With 180 lesser bird species, bird watchers visiting the Drakensberg will not be disappointed. From the magnificent Lammergeyer, Cape Vulture and Black Eagle... to the brightly coloured, diminutive lesser double collared Sunbirds... and vociferous forest and grassland birds, it will be...

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Drakensberg Favorites

  • Golf

    If you're after "eagles" and "birdies", tee off in the Drakensberg! Tall sandstone cliffs and lush valleys form the backdrop to rolling fairways and challenging greens... a more beautiful golfing experience you could not dream of :)Cathedral Peak, Champagne Valley and Hlalanathi host nine hole golf courses, and eighteen holes can be found at...

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  • Drakensberg information

    The Drakensberg Mountains have many aspects and it is this diversity that attracts me. The mountains change with every season and with every diferent weather. You can hike till your feet are sore or you can just relax and take in the incredible scenery. The following Drakensberg Websites have a lot to...

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  • Visit the Bushman Paintings

    There are some exceptional Bushman paintings to be found inthe Drakensburg, including this one of a large eland located at Penwarn.There are an estimated 35 000 examples of Bushman art in the Drakensberg.Using predominantly red, orange, yellow, black and white derived from mixing natural materials such as clay, burnt wood and ochre oxides, San...

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Bird watching II
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Bird watching.
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Animal watching.
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Visit Sani Valley
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Night Safari
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Walking Safari
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The Sani Pass
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Visit Royal Natal National Park
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Safari drive.
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Hiking
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Horseriding
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Drakensberg Boys Choir
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General Tips
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Shopping: General
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Thokozisa
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Getting there and around
Transportation
In a day
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Horse Riding
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Monks Cowl Hiking Trails
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Ardmore : Ceramic Art
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Valley Bakery
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Falcon Ridge : Birds of Prey
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Helicopter flights
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MOUNTAIN MISTS
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Practice your skills on the climbing wall
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Unpredictable weather
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Explore Cannibal Cavern
Off The Beaten Path
PEAK HIGH MOUNTAIN GUIDES
Sports & Outdoors
BERG PASSES
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CATHEDRAL PEAK
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CATHKIN PEAK
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THE SPHINX
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CHAIN LADDERS
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SENTINEL
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THUKELA FALLS
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AMPHITHEATRE RIM
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