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Adventures In May

Oh May! The sun is still shining brightly but the bitter sweet chilly wind is starting to set in, giving us teasers to what winter is going to be like. Let’s not waste the beautiful month and see what we can do in the berg this magnificent May. The Giants Cup The Giants Cup is a 2-day trial run stage race in the exquisite mountains, set over the 5-day Giants Cup Hiking Trial in the Maloti Drakensberg Park Heritage Site. It is held on the 17/18 of May 2019 and runners will be able to experience 62km of pure mountain beauty. Hiking Giants is the hiking option of Giant’s Cup Trail Run. Hiking Giant’s ambition is to provide a place in the mountains to create an event style race for hikers who look forward to a real physical challenge but without the requirements of running. Hiking Giants is open to all hikers and replicates what the Trail Runners do and is staged under one event. The Giants Cup Trail Run has traditionally been limited to 100 runners in order to preserve the special comradery that is created in this event. Ridetheberg Ridetheberg is an event held on 11th and 12th of May 2019 and offers 100km of mostly single tracks, breath taking views and an amazing vibe. This race provides a venue that is supporter friendly. There is lots of food, a great kids entertainment area, adventure rides and even a physio. This event also allows you to pick an overnight venue to accommodate all families and budgets. So, head to Drakensberg Mountain Retreat to check out our amazing...

Spread The Love In The Berg This Valentine’s Day

Peace, tranquillity, mountains, romance and stunning views, what more could you ask for on Valentine’s Day? Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is a charming destination in the Northern Drakensberg with views overlooking the Drakensberg and the exquisite Maluti Mountain Range.  They offer two main accommodation options; the Vergezient Lodge and the Zondertwyfel Barnhouse. The Vergezient Lodge is the ideal escape to relax and unwind. This is a marvellous and spacious lodge offering delicious home style meals. It really is the perfect place to sip on red wine, stare at the warm fire, play board games and connect with your loved ones. The lodge offers 9 wonderful rooms with a dinner, bed and breakfast rate. We are equipped with a fully stocked bar and can arrange lunch at the lodge on your request. In the lodge there are many lounges, warm welcoming fire places and decor that gives you an old-time rustic feel. There is a 100km long panoramic view of the breathtaking Central and Northern Drakensberg mountains, which can be viewed from our dining room and lounges. Now that sounds like the perfect place to be on Valentine’s Day with your partner. The Zondertwyfel Barnhouse is the perfect accommodation for conferences, retreats, a company break away or special quality time for the whole family this Valentine’s Day. This is a self-catering accommodation; therefore the freedom is yours to eat anything you desire.   The Barnhouse allows up to 25 people to be accommodated for. It has 5 en-suite bedrooms, sleeping 12 people and also 4 dormitory-type rooms accommodating up to 13 people. The warm fireplaces provide a cosy atmosphere perfect for month...

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...