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Things To Do In the Drakensberg

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...

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...

6 Tips To Ensure You Are Properly Prepared For Your Summer Hiking Trip

Hiking in the Drakensberg, a task that so many take part in throughout the year. Although seemingly simple, hiking is not necessarily for the faint-hearted. Preparation for your next hiking trip is the first and most important aspect to remember. Being properly prepared for hiking will ensure that your summer hiking trip doesn’t turn into a life-threatening ordeal. Making sure you are properly prepared for unexpected situations such as getting lost, dehydration, weather-related issues, accidents and injury is a huge step towards assuring that your hike will live up to your expectations. With all of the above in mind we have decided to put together six tips to help prepare you for your hike over the summer season in the Drakensberg Prepare a Trip Plan This piece of advice is always a priority for us. Prepare your trip thoroughly! Making sure that you have a route marked out is a great way to keep yourself on track as well as to ensure that you are well prepared and essentially safer than if you weren’t to plan. Go old school with this, pull out a map and mark off the route you’d like to take – including the starting point as well as the finish point –  stops that you plan on making whether it be for food or just to have a rest; be sure to mark off any possible areas you may get lost or any detours you may find yourself on; lastly it is important to mark off possible areas for you to camp overnight should the need arise. (If you’re using a GPS device – more...

Top 5 Relaxing Things To Do At Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

Drakensberg Mountain Retreat, your home away from home, takes such pride in making sure our guests are relaxed and ensures that you get to enjoy the natural beauty of the Northern Drakensberg. As many of you will agree, the Drakensberg is a place that allows one to reset and relax, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy a nice relaxing break in the mountains – something we all love to do every now and again. What’s more, we have made sure that the activities on offer here at Drakensberg Mountain Retreat, somewhat support this relaxing and tranquil atmosphere – apart from the hiking of course – providing you with activities that are sure to accompany your relaxing stay quite well. With so many beautiful views and fresh landscapes, enjoying a relaxing and peaceful walk in the fresh air is one of our favourite relaxing things to do here at DMR. Not only does the scenery provide picturesque backgrounds for your getaway but the fresh air and crisp smell of nature has a way of detoxing and relaxing the mind, body and soul, helping rejuvenate the senses (For those of you who are a little more energetic, we have some phenomenal hiking trails for you to enjoy so not to worry.) Alongside this, we have a pool available to our guests that goes hand in hand with the above. Although a slow walk is not nearly as tiring or strenuous as a hike, that doesn’t mean your body wouldn’t appreciate a nice cool dip in the pool afterwards.  Not only will a dip in our pool...