Drakensberg Mountains

The Green Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in South Africa, with the highest peak of Thabana Ntlenyana being 3482 metres high (that’s over 3 times the height above sea level of Table Mountain).

The mountains are spectacular and green, and span a number of South African provinces as well as the whole of the country of Lesotho. The main tourist areas of the Drakensberg mountains are in western Kwazulu-Natal, just over 200km (125 miles) from Durban and around 400km (250 miles) from Johannesburg.

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is a popular area to stay, and has a number of hiking trails and nature trails. Other activities such as horse riding, mountain biking and abseiling are also available and it is a great area for birdwatchers.

You can take part in similar activities in the Giant’s Castle, Cathedral Peak and Champagne Castle areas. All of these are peaks in the Drakensberg mountains, with Champagne Castle being the second highest peak in South Africa.

The Drakensberg are also in close proximity to a number of famous battle sites, such as Rorke’s Drift (as portrayed in the well known film Zulu, which depicted the Battle of Rorke’s Drift).

Whilst the Drakensberg offers a large range of activities which you can partake in, it is also the perfect place to just relax for a few days in the midst of stunning scenery. Check out details of Drakensberg accommodation here.

Photo by Iri Soda used under a Creative Commons CC BY-SA license.
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