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Drakensberg (South Africa)

Practical information about Drakensberg

  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Waterfall
  • Horse
  • Archaeological Site
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
210 km from Durban and 500 km from Johannesburg
When to go
From March to May or from October to November
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Drakensberg

David Debrincat Travel writer
459 travel articles

The Drakensberg is a magnificent chain of mountains that extends for 200 km. A veritable hiker's paradise, the panoramic views and landscapes it offers are absolutely stunning.

My suggestion:
The southern part of the Drakensberg is already superb enough, but its central and northern parts are just amazing.

I spent three days visiting the Drakensberg on my last trip to South Africa. I quickly regretted not having arranged a longer stay in these mountains, which are inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage.

Treks for hikers, trips on horseback for riders, climbs of summits of up to 3500 metres in height, cave art to explore for archaeology fans: there's simply so much to do at the Drakensberg. To give you enough time to make the most of this wonderful region, I advise you to spend a minimum of five days there. In particular, you really have to visit the Sani Pass, the Giant's Castle, the Champagne Castle and the Mont-aux-Sources

The Drakensberg
Fred Jasseny Travel writer
11 travel articles

The Drakensberg mountains form the highest mountain range in South Africa and stretch for more than 300km. It's a paradise for walking and observing the views which are untouched by the human footprint.

My suggestion:
Start your visit of the Drakensberg mountains in the north. The walking paths are more numerous and the summits are more impressive.

The Drakensberg mountains are divided into three distinct parts, each with its own characteristics. The north section is the highest part of the mountain chain, with several summits surpassing 3000m in altitude. The mountains separate South Africa from the Kingdom of Lesotho. I loved this part as it contained, in my opinion, the most original mountain forms.

The central part allows you to go on walks around Cathedral Peak. The view over the green hills that surround it is sublime. I also liked stopping near the waterfalls and going through the tropical forests.

One of the most beautiful panoramas in the region is definitely the Amphitheatre. This mountain massif transported my to prehistoric times, by its relief and the colour of the rock. The walking paths are well maintained and there are plenty of signs.

The Drakensbergs at "golden hour"