Drakensberg & Midlands – South Africa
Soar to the heavens in these mountains
There is a place within southern Africa that soars toward the heavens, rising to a majestic height of 3482 meters and stretches along the south eastern flack of the African continent for more than 1000kms. This place is known as the Drakensberg. Translated to Dragon Mountain, it is the highest mountain range in southern Africa and possesses dramatic, overpowering natural beauty.
The Drakensberg lends itself to the fantasy of an enchanted remote landscape filled with the altitudes of golden yellow sandstone, gaping rock chasms, ballistic jagged peaks and towering mountainous stone. The plummet of rugged heights are cutback and broken into networks by the flow of intruding river valleys and the greenery of grasslands, which adds to the pristine beauty of one of South Africa’s Natural World Heritage Sites.
Allow the Drakensberg Mountain Range to leave you spellbound while hiking or exploring the many nooks, crannies and caves that curves into the vertical surface of ancient cliffs. Discover the diverse landscapes of the Drakensberg, which protect a large array of endemic and endangered wildlife species, especially birds and plants.
Best season to visit the Drakensberg
October to April is summer which is gloriously hot and humid. The season has many thunderstorms, valley’s are filled with blossoming flowers.
The winter months between May and September are dry, with frequent frosts and snowfalls in mid winter. We suggest the best time to visit is during autumn, winter and spring months.
Advice from Safari Russ:
“Before you reach Drakensberg, we suggest you explore the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. The tree-lined pathways will lead you to many quaint towns filled with the eclectic mixture of Zulu culture, history and traditional crafts. ”
Things to do in the Drakensberg
DRAKENSBERG SPLENDOUR: The mountain range divides into for scenic valleys. Royal Natal National Park is most popular for the Amphitheatre Valley and exploring it will lead you to the world’s second highest waterfall, the Tugela Falls. Journey to Cannibal Cave and learn the history behind the eerie name of this site. The Lost Valley and Middledale Pass has historic significance as the site which was occupied by Piet Retief’s descendants when first entering Natal. Access the remote Cathedral Peak Area via 4×4 vehicle and follow Mike’s Pass to Rainbow Gorge in the Mweni Valley. Champagne Valley is surrounded by some of the highest mountain peaks of the Drakensberg; most notable are Champagne Peak, Giant’s Castle, Cathkin and Monk’s Cowl.
DRAKENSBERG ACTIVITIES: The remote regions of the Drakensberg lend itself to many exciting activities. Allow yourself to fully take in the splendor of the Drakensberg while gently riding through the scenes on a traditional Basotho pony. Golf is taken to another level with challenging 9 to 18 hole courses back dropped by the rugged soar of Drakensberg cliffs. Absorb the atmosphere while hiking through numerous paths such as the Gorge walk, Dorin Falls Walk, Mike’s Pass and Rainbow Gorge. You can even fly-fish or quad-bike or even rock climb your way to elevated heights.
WILDLIFE: The diverse landscapes offer both natural beauty as well as natural habitats for mountain wildlife. Abundant in plant species, the Drakensberg mountain range has 119 species which are endangered and 98 species which are near-endemic or endemic. With lush grass planes covering the mountain ranges, more than 290 bird species are attracted to these slopes and mountain peaks, from the Cape Vulture and the Lesser Kestrel to the Drakensberg Siskin, Yellow-breasted Pipit and the Rudd’s Lark. The long-toed tree frog and Natal Midlands dwarf chameleon can be found here as well. The Southern White Rhino has been nurtured along the slopes of the Drakensberg and wildebeest, reedbuck, eland and oribi can be seen in large herds too.
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