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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...

How To Pick The Right Holiday Accommodation At DMR? Which Suits You Best?

Nowadays we all seem to be in pursuit of Travel. Travelling has most definitely become a trendy culture and one that those that have the time and resources to do so, do! Whether you’re a family looking to get away from home for a few days to spend some real quality time outdoors. Or a couple that wish to celebrate their honeymoon or an anniversary. Or maybe a company that needs a retreat at which team members and colleagues can bond and discuss matters outside of the office environment. Drakensberg Mountain Retreat have tried to make it easier for you to decide on the right accommodation for your situation. Please see the below for appropriate accommodation options and contact DMR should you have any further questions. DMR OFFER TWO SEPARATE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS; Anyone may choose to stay at either of the buildings but we have outlined some more details on each to try and make it a little easier for you to decide. Having options is never a problem though! Zonderntwyfel Barnhouse, Drakensberg Mountain Retreat Regular en-suite bedrooms are available as well as 4 dormitory-style rooms. Ideal for groups as there is accommodation for 25 guests in all. Vergezient Lodge, Drakensberg Mountain Retreat The Lodge has regular rooms and offers a dinner, bed and breakfast rate. The rates vary per room and can be found here. A number of the rooms here have their own lounges should you be looking for more privacy. A COUPLE So, you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, want to celebrate an anniversary or just want to spoil the one you love with a...

Packing Essentials for your Berg Holiday

Is packing your least favourite part of your holiday? Do you stress over lists and what will fit and what is actually essential? Don’t sweat, we have outlined and categorized packing lists for you below so that you are organized and can do as little thinking as possible before your trip! All you need to do is place the items in your bag and car and book your stay…then it will be time to relax in the mountains. Packing for safety & survival Navigation – Map, compass and GPS. Sun protection – sunscreen (even in Winter), lip balm and sunglasses Warmth – Jacket, gloves and hat/cap (for Winter) First-aid supplies – First Aid kit (include plasters, nausea medication, bug repellent) Hydration – water bottle       Beyond the essentials Binoculars for bird watching and soaking in all our beautiful views (see our top bird watching tips) Journal and pen (Note down the birds you’ve spotted or journal your holiday) Backpack for hiking Hiking shoes (to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Drakensberg Mountains) Camera (here are some tips for taking some epic shots: http://loadedlandscapes.com/tips-for-mountain-photography/#) A book to read Bathing suit for swimming and relaxing by the indoor pool Yogi’s may enjoy a bit of yoga with a mountain view (bring your mat and tights along!) Electronics – Charger for camera, phones and go-pros If you are interested in doing activities at DMR or taking day excursions whilst staying with us you may have to consider other items you need to pack. Take a look at all the activities available and pack accordingly. So there you have it,...

Your Next Conference Venue

Are you in search of a conference venue or company getaway in the countryside? Do yourselves a favour and take a look at our unique, cosy and scenic property in the Northern Drakensberg… The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat offers a conference hall of 8m x 15m in size, which is attached to our Barnhouse. We can accommodate all conference attendees in two venues, our Zonderntwyfel Barnhouse and the Vergezient Lodge. Company or corporate groups can book either one or both of these buildings for their exclusive use. Most companies, no matter the industry require similar key facilities when hunting for the perfect conference venue. Drakensberg Mountain Retreat ticks the following boxes for conference facilities; Great value for money Airy conference room with plenty of natural light and beautiful panoramic views Exciting venue for all audiences (local or international) Fully catered meals, this includes coffee/tea and biscuits for break times (self catering is also an option should you prefer this) Easily accessible venue for people travelling from Durban, Johannesburg or Bloemfontein Arrangements can be made for the equipment that you require, our management will assist with this A memorable experience/views for outside of conference times Exciting range of activities for free time (such as hiking, swimming or mountain biking). We are also willing to go the extra mile should companies have any special request Drakensberg Mountain Retreat recently received some very positive feedback from our latest conference clients of 14 internationally based scientists who stayed in our Barnhouse. Their only “complaint” was that the beauty of DMR was too distracting for a conference! They therefore decided to cancel part of their...
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