Holidays to the Drakensberg Region, South Africa

South Africa certainly isn't short of natural scenery, but the Drakensberg Region is blessed with landscapes, heritage and wildlife you'll never forget. It gets its name from 'Dragon's Mountain', and soaring peaks reach skyward wherever you look.

Maloti-Drakensberg national park straddles the border with Lesotho, an enclave within South Africa. If you love nature, prepare to be awed by stunning basalt formations, heavenly gold sandstone and soaring mountain peaks. Bird watchers also flock to the park for the chance to spot the endangered Yellow-breasted Pipit and other threatened species.

If culture's more your thing, Maloti-Drakensberg is also home to the largest and most stunning collection of cave paintings in sub-Saharan Africa, some of which date back more than 4,000 years. Don't miss the haunting images found at the main cave atop Giant's Castle, where you'll be rewarded for your efforts with stunning views of the valley below.

Drakensberg Region might be known mostly for its wonderful nature, but South Africa's third-largest city is less than three hours away by car. You might be forgiven for thinking you'd wandered into downtown New Delhi: Durban's huge concentration of Indian immigrants make for a glorious food scene. The swish waterfront was revamped in time for the 2010 World Cup, fringing Durban's ever-popular beaches. If you're in search of something more hip, head to Station Drive, a revitalised area sprinkled with breweries, boutiques and bold street art.

Sometimes overlooked in favour of Durban is Pietermaritzburg - or 'Maritzburg' as the locals call it. It's a shame because in and around the city you'll find fascinating culture and picture-perfect scenery. Don't miss the fascinating KwaZulu-Natal Museum, with its extensive natural history collection, including a life-size T-Rex model. Just outside the city you'll find Midmar Nature Reserve, whose picnic spots, woody shade and lake are perfect for escaping hot summer days.

If you came seeking thrills, Drakensberg won't disappoint. Test your mettle on the slopes of Royal Natal National Park, whose rugged and dramatic topography draws hikers, climbers and walkers all year round. Unmissable is Tugela Falls, the world's second-highest waterfall, at a staggering 948 metres tall.

 

Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO-listed Maloti-Drakensberg Park

  • See ancient cave art at Giant's Castle

  • Dive into Durban

  • Explore the city of Pietermaritzburg

  • Hike Royal Natal National Park

Jody
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I adore Africa and have lived and worked in South Africa as well as travelling across the wider region. Spotting a leopard during a night safari at Nambiti Private Game Reserve is definitely an experience I'll remember forever.

Drakensberg Region trip ideas

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Map of Drakensberg Region