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Trail Running In The Mountains

Exercise is most definitely a personal thing enjoyed by many across a wide variety of ages. Some of us prefer the outdoors, some would rather go to the gym and others prefer an exercise class. Trail running on the other hand offers the adventurous ones a unique experience of both exercising and being outdoors whilst taking in some beautiful views…every run will be different and as long as you have your shoes with you, you are able to enjoy a trail almost anywhere in the world! It’s a great sport to incorporate in your holidays and not only facilitates a healthy lifestyle but allows one to see the world in a different manner too. Most of us like to spend a great deal of our holidays dining on gorgeous meals (made by somebody else and served to us)…well if one spends the morning on the trail exploring the great outdoors, then the meals can be enjoyed “guilt free” – you would no doubt have earned those calories and can then enjoy a relaxing dip in the pool and a refreshing drink! WHY HAS TRAIL RUNNING BECOME SUCH A TREND? In the USA, trail running has recently been listed as one of the six most popular extreme sports, this amongst paintball and snowboarding. Although its interesting to note that it is considered an “extreme sport” this still doesn’t answer the question as to why it has become so popular? One of the main reasons we can think of is the financial benefits. If finances are down and the credit crunch is getting to you or your family, running is a...

Winter, Snow and Hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains

Winter…not always a South Africans most favorite season but most definitely a season that can be enjoyed by embracing the cold and taking on new activities in the Drakensberg Mountains. Besides the cold, the Drakensberg is lucky enough (most years) to experience a gentle white dusting of snow. See below some photographs taken of the magically snow-capped Drakensberg Mountains. At our Retreat, snow is not something we’re used to nor something we wish to experience all year round but something we embrace and love for the couple of days a year that we get to experience it. Every year people from the surrounding provinces take a drive to look at the snow, perhaps for them or their children, this could be an exciting first, or they’re just making the drive to attempt to build a snow man – snow brings fun for almost all. But what about the hikers? Hiking in the snow is dangerous due to slippery conditions and not highly recommended but luckily, for hikers, as mentioned above – snow is not a regular phenomenon! Thus hiking can be enjoyed almost all year round (and we personally prefer winter hikes). WHY WINTER (between May and August) IS BEST FOR HIKING? For the most part, the Drakensberg winters are fairly mild and only require some “extra gear” which may include jackets, scarves and possibly a pair of gloves but none of the above will negatively impact your hiking adventures. In fact, we would go as far as saying that the winter hiking conditions are more pleasurable for the hikers. The cooler temperatures mean that your stamina is greater...

A Barnhouse in the Drakensberg Mountains

Dreaming of a rustic, relaxing Drakensberg mountain holiday? Or are you travelling in a large group and finding it difficult to find a suitable space for you all to stay? The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat offers two separate types of accommodation depending on the feel and style of holiday you are looking for. Our Barnhouse accommodation works extremely well for those travelling in large groups and wishing for more intimate spaces… ACCOMMODATION IDEAL FOR WHO?  Our Barnhouse in particular, provides guests with an open plan, rustic, barn-like space whilst still encompassing comfort and convenience as one searches for in a private holiday home. This accommodation is specifically well suited to catering to large groups (can sleep up to 25 people) for business trips, retreats or big family getaways. If you have a larger family or are bringing the extended family along, this accommodation allows you all to feel like you’re under one roof whilst still offering a degree of privacy. Our Barnhouse accommodation furthermore lends itself to creating a cozy and fun atmosphere, which bridal parties can enjoy for their destination weddings. WHAT ELSE TO EXPECT Views, views, views (the ones above are just a taste of what to expect)! Soak in the gorgeous panoramic views and allow yourself to relax in the great outdoors. Space for the whole family to explore, hike, bike relax and feast. Open spaces as far as you can see – surrounded by nature and all it has to offer, including our wild horses and birdlife. A relaxed atmosphere due to the complete lack of civilization (in a good way). No city hustle and bustle, no...

Upcoming Activities and Events in the Drakensberg Mountains

Life in the city and the hustle and bustle of everyday life can get a bit much for most of us after a while. Therefore the appeal of taking a holiday and some time off is huge, taking a trip with a fun activity or event to attend is an added bonus. A holiday amongst the majestic Drakensberg Mountains is already a treat but its now time to take advantage of all the sport and cultural events on offer too. With the change of seasons from Summer to Autumn/Winter comes a slight variation in the activities on offer but overall this magical holiday destination is an all round win all-year round. We’ve collected a small list of activities for you to choose from for the next few months in the Drakensberg Mountains. Whether you’re the healthy type and want to spend your free time hiking or mountain biking or you’re simply looking for a chilled recreational activity such as a concert or market to unwind and relax outside of the city…there will definitely be something here for you and your family to enjoy together.   National MTB Series Ashburton Investments NATIONAL MTB SERIES #4 Champagne Valley Saturday 10 June 2017 http://www.drakensbergexperience.com/events/item/337-natmtb4-mountain-biking-event Ridetheberg 24-25 June 2017 www.ridetheberg.co.za Polar Bear Swim Challenge 24 June 2017 http://www.drakensbergexperience.com/events/item/347-polar-bear-swim-challenge Runtheberg 30 Sept – 1 Oct 2017 www.runtheberg.co.za Dumbe 2 Day Trail Run 3 – 5 November 2017 The Dumbe Trail Run is a 2-day event in the Northern Drakensberg, located on the escarp bordering the Free State and Kwa Zulu Natal near Oliviershoek Pass and Sterkfontein Dam. Enjoy country hospitality, unforgettable trails, spectacular views...

Highlights from the Drakensberg Mountains

We love the Drakensberg Mountains so much that we’re taking the opportunity to use the Month of Love to appreciate the mountains and share just what it is that makes the Drakensberg so special. If you and your loved one want to enjoy a romantic getaway to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you can visit the Drakensberg Mountains – you are guaranteed to love them as much as we do. 10 Reasons Why We’re in Love with the Drakensberg Mountains: The Drakensberg Mountain escarpment stretches over approximately 1000km’s and is situated an estimated 12000ft above sea level, giving you a majestic view that stretches for kilometres. Being this far above sea level means you get to enjoy entirely different scenery and diverse range of activities When you visit the Drakensberg Mountains, you’ll experience the mountains, grass, trees and beautiful nature scenes, as opposed to the conventional sand, salt and sea beach holiday. This makes for a refreshing change, and the perfect location for a romantic getaway. The highest peak, Thabana Ntlenyana, in the Drakensberg Mountains reaches 3,482m. That’s impressive and something to add to your bucket list. There are endless hiking trails available, making the Drakensberg Mountains a favourite for trail runners, cycling enthusiasts, and bird watchers. There is a wide variety of wildlife to observe. Animals that can be spotted include Reedbuck, Eland, Baboons, and a diverse array of bird life. The Northern, Central and Southern regions of the Drakensberg Mountains each has their own appeal, giving you plenty of entertainment and sites to explore. The Bushman paintings or rock arts are a site to see. Discovering the caves, eroded...
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