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6 Reasons to visit the Northern Drakensberg

Visiting the Northern Drakensberg is something that is a routine part of so many families lives. The Northern berg has become a continued and growing favourite amongst people for yearly vacations and rightfully so. Taking some time out and enjoying a bit of an adventure away from the big city means you’re leaving behind the hustle and bustle, the buzz, the noise, the buildings and the night lights to enjoy some peace and quiet amongst the mountains. Wake up to picturesque views and fresh air; and experience star gazing as far as the eye can see on cloud free nights, the Drakensberg is a destination not to be ignored. With so many people visiting the Drakensberg year-round but not being fully sure of all that it has to offer, we thought we would share 6 reasons to enjoy a trip into the Northern Drakensberg region, ensuring that your time in the mountains will be filled with fun, adventure and some picturesque downtime whilst you’re there. One of the most popular reasons the Northern Drakensberg sees so many visitors and tourists throughout the year is the world-renowned Amphitheatre. The Amphitheatre is one of South Africa’s most impressive cliff faces, over 5 kilometres in length and features cliffs rising roughly 1220 meters along its entire length. The valley floor is over 1830 meters below the highest point of the amphitheatre and is where you can find most photographers capturing the breath-taking beauty that is the amphitheatre in its entirety. What’s more, the Tugela Falls – the world’s second largest falls – plunge over 948 meters from the amphitheatres cliff tops, how...

Hiking The Drakensberg For All Levels

On a scale of 1 to 10, you don’t get any better when it comes to Hiking, than the Drakensberg Mountains. A 200km Mountain Range that covers 3 provinces from the Eastern Cap through to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. We are fortunate enough to experience the largest portion of the Drakensberg Mountain Range here and KwaZulu-Natal and we cannot stress how privileged we are to have that opportunity. Home to snow-capped peaks during the winter months, majestic waterfalls, historical rock art and magnificent forests, tourists and South Africans alike are utterly spoiled with unyielding beauty and the opportunity to explore all of these simply by making use of the hiking trails created for this exact reason. Apart from that, the Drakensberg Mountain Range boasts an incredible wealth when it comes to biodiversity. Home to an estimated 290 Bird species, 48 species of animals and some incredibly rare varieties when it comes to plants, the Drakensberg Mountain Range is one that should be explored with wide-open eyes, ears, hearts and minds and what better way to do so than Hiking through the picturesque Mountain Range. Here at Drakensberg Mountain retreat, we have, over the years, established some amazing trails for guests to make use of whether, hiking, running or mountain biking and we are proud of the experience that these trails offer our guests. From incredible views of the surrounding mountains; picturesque sunsets and sunrises; beautiful landscapes that are perfect for photo opportunities, magnificent wildlife and interesting rock art; the Drakensberg Mountain Range has so much to offer which is why it has been declared a World Heritage Site since 2000...

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...