Drakensberg Travel Guide

Map of Drakensberg


“The Berg”, as it is commonly called, is popular with hikers, rock climbers, trout fishermen, and other holiday-makers. For the more adventurous there are many trails which use caves up in the mountains for overnight stops. The Drakensberg is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise!
Home to the source of the Tugela River, the largest river in the province and creator of the Tugela Falls the second highest waterfall in the world, these impressive mountains are known locally as Ukhahlamba, or the Barrier of Spears by the Zulu people. In Afrikaans it is Dragons Mountain,  Looking at the dramatic cliffs and peaks, some soaring as high as 3000 metres, clashing theatrically likes spears challenging each other or like the scales on the back of a dragon, it is not hard to see where these fanciful names came from. In summer it is a paradise of hiking trails and sweet meadow lands, in winter the escarpment is often covered in snow, transforming the area into a winter wonderland. 


Top things to do in the Drakensberg Region:


  • Explore the Royal Natal National Park and visit the Amphitheatre
  • The Park offers no fewer than 30 walks and climbs, including the 7 km trail up the Tugela Gorge
  • Hike Champagne Castle, Cathedral Peak or Giants Castle– all have amazing views and spectacular scenery
  • Explore the Sani Pass – which leads you up to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho
  • All of them are part of the Ukhahlamba- Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site
  • Relax and go trout fishing in Himeville or Underberg
  • Go Horse-riding, hiking or enjoy a multitude of other outdoor activities