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Adventure In The Berg

Taking a break in the Drakensberg Mountains is always a real treat for those who find themselves caught up in the big city life. Waking up with picturesque views, mountains as far as the eye can see and soaking in all the nature and beauty around can be one of the most incredible ways to just take a breather and relax. But taking a break in the Drakensberg Mountains does not necessarily mean you need to avoid taking part in some fun and adventurous activities that allow you to explore and learn more about the heritage and culture that can be found in the Drakensberg Mountains. Year-round there are several fun-filled, adventurous activities for you to enjoy. Whether you enjoy walking, running, or mountain biking, we’ve got a few fantastic events for you to choose from; after all, getting the heart rate up is a good way to release those endorphins and enjoy the happiness that comes with it. With all of this in mind, we thought we would share some of the last few events and activities taking place in the Drakensberg and surrounding areas in the last quarter of the year so that you can plan your next getaway so as not to miss out on any of the action. Run The Berg is one of our favourite running events throughout the year. The therapeutic nature of the Drakensberg Mountains makes this one that much more incredible. Run The Berg is 2 day trail running event that sees 2 stages. The 2 stages consist of an Intermediate Challenge that sees runners taking part in +/- 15km’s per...

Top 5 Tips On How To Be Properly Prepared For Hiking During The Winter Months

A winter hike in the Drakensberg, how incredible does that sound? Exploring the picturesque scenery of the mountains in the cool atmosphere of the winter air, taking in all the sights, sounds and smells that the change in weather brings about potential animal encounters and sightings, sounds like the perfect winter activity to us. Generally, people tend to shy away from hiking during winter due to the drop in temperatures but this does not mean that you need to send your hiking boots into hibernation, in fact, hiking in winter can be a fun experience for the whole family. While hiking in winter can be breathtakingly beautiful there is also a lot of planning and preparation that should go into it beforehand to ensure that you are not only properly prepared but appropriately equipped as well, as you can never be too sure what you may encounter or what mother nature may decide to do/throw at you throughout the duration of the hike. With all of this in mind and winter temperatures already dropping we thought we would share a few tips and tricks for your winter hike. Dress in layers or like an onion as some would say. This is one of the most essential tips to consider when hiking in winter as temperatures can change quite drastically in a short space of time. Being dressed in layers and having a variety of insulating clothing will help your body to regulate your temperature throughout the day/night. Some handy clothing tips: try wearing two layers of gloves – one for warmth and the other for waterproofing – and wear...

Mountain Biking In The Berg

The Drakensberg Mountains, also known as “the Dragon Mountain”, a breath-taking and awe-inspiring range of mountains that stretch well over 200km’s with an average height of 2900 metres, forming a natural border between Lesotho and KZN, sounds incredible, doesn’t it? But what makes the Drakensberg one of the most famous Mountain Ranges in Africa? It is riddled with picturesque waterfalls, rock pools, mountain streams, caves, mountain air and spaces that bring both visitors or tourists to South Africa as well as us local folk who cannot seem to get enough of our beautiful country and all that it has to offer! Speaking of what’s on offer, the Drakensberg Mountains have a wide array of fun activities available for people from all walks of life to enjoy whether it be trail running, river rafting, fishing, quad biking, horse riding or simply hiking; there really is so much to do but for now we have decided to focus our attention on the Mountain Biking opportunities and culture that you can experience here in the Drakensberg Mountains. It is safe to say that the Drakensberg Mountains offer some of the best Mountain Biking trails in South Africa with some of the most exquisite scenery. Home to major Mountain Bike races such as the Sani Pass Transfrontier Mountain Bike Epic, the Volvo Classic, the Sani 2c; and the Berg and Bush (to name a few) the Drakensberg Mountains prove to be the ideal location for novice and accomplished riders! The terrain of the Drakensberg Mountains and the Drakensberg itself provide endless scenic riding routes that each have varying distance and climbing requirements making...

Dumbe Trail Run

Spend a weekend running unforgettable trails with spectacular views in the Northern Drakensberg at the 2018 Dumbe Trail Run Event that takes place at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun-filled weekend. 2017’s Dumbe Trail Run was such a wonderful success with the inaugural winners Buthi Mokwenja and Julia Hackland coming out on top. This success has become evident in the feedback received! Lesley Van Der Waat gave the following review: ” Impressed beyond words… prefect venue, spectacular views from a stunning setting… great company… organising to the final details… just so looved the complete African experience!” Susan Ascough Symons had the following to say: “Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Completely worth every gruelling climb! And the race village was so accommodating, and thoughtful. Thank you for an amazing weekend!” The Dumbe Trail Run consists of 36KM pristine trails over the course of 2 days. Taking place in the Drakensberg Mountains you can definitely expect views that take your breath away. This year the Dumbe Trail Run takes place from the 2nd – 4th of November 2018. (Registration will take place on the 2nd of November from 1400pm through to 19:00pm) What can you expect over the 2 days? Day 1: 21KM’s with 2 water points Day 2: 15KM’s with 1 water point Sounds exhilarating, doesn’t it? The race village will also be setup this year offering the runners a relaxed atmosphere with comfortable seating where they can relax and enjoy the picturesque views. What’s more, everything is catered for inside the village for the entire weekend!!When it comes to the routes themselves, there will be clearly marked our routes...

The Perfect Long Weekend In The Mountains

Who doesn’t enjoy a long weekend in the mountains? Fresh air, majestic mountain landscapes and views to take your breath away, nothing better in our opinion. Taking a long weekend break away from the hustle and bustle of the city every now and again is good for the soul, giving you time to relax; re-focus yourself and come out on the other end feeling rejuvenated until your next getaway. But what exactly does the perfect long weekend in the Drakensberg consist of? Well, we thought we would break it down for you as best we can. Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is a magnificent destination for your long weekend away. Situated in the Northern Drakensberg on a high ridge that overlooks the Drakensberg and Maluti mountain ranges and offering you much more than comfortable, affordable country-style accommodation. The picturesque views, vast natural spaces, wild winds, and unforgettable trails make it the perfect place to experience the beauty and magnificence of the Drakensberg. (The view from our Zonderntwyvel Barnhouse accommodation) Upon arriving at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat, you have two choices when it comes to your accommodation. Firstly, the Zonderntwyvel Barnhouse which is perfect for a self-catering weekend away with a big group of friends or family. The Barnhouse is generally quite spacious, with a wood burning stove – giving you a proper country-style cooking experience – and fire places in the lounge, the Barnhouse will ensure that you are comfy and cosy on even the coldest of days. Secondly, we have the Vergezient Lodge which give you the choice of Bed & Breakfast or Dinner, Bed & Breakfast alike. The Lodge has...
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