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Things To Do In the Drakensberg

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...

Visit The Golden Gate National Park, Just A One Hour Drive From Our Resort!

There is an abundance of activities available on offer at the Drakensberg Mountain retreat and its surroundings…there are plenty of day trips and excursions to enjoy within proximity to the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. One of the favourites being a trip to the Golden Gate National Park. We have found that over the last few years, the majority of our guests (most being foreigners) like to take full advantage of the area and visit The Golden Gate National Park and enjoy all that is on offer there whilst staying with us. The Sandstone cliffs of the Golden Gate National Park lie 2200m above sea level and provide visitors with plenty to do and breathtaking views to soak in… MORE ABOUT THE AREA AND ITS SURROUNDS • Roughly 120 km south east of Bloemfontein and 15 km south of Wepenar on Route 701, lies the Golden Gate National Park, through which the Caledon River flows. • The park is also home to the Welbedacht Dam (southern parts of the reserve). • The Basotho Cultural Village which forms part of the park will take you back more than 400 years. Take note how European settlers influenced life and culture of these people today. • You may even have an opportunity to meet/consult a Sangoma (traditional medicine man)! Nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the North-Eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The park was named after the shades of gold that shoot from the sun onto the prominent sandstone cliffs in the afternoons. This magnificent highland habitat is home to several animals you will definitely want...
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