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Stargazing in the Drakensberg

What is stargazing? Stargazing is, by definition the act or practice of looking at or studying the stars but has become a hobby for some, much like hiking or bird watching. Star gazing has not always been viewed as a tourist attraction but is slowly becoming more popular and therefore something that people are willing to travel to see. When stargazing or studying astrology of any kind, it is obviously advantageous to be in a more remote area or one with little or no access to electricity. The Northern Drakensberg is ideal because of the wide open spaces and lack of lighting available. The Drakensberg Mountains also makes for an incredible and picturesque backdrop for star gazing enthusiasts. So, why is the Drakensberg ideal for stargazing? According to Wilma den Hartigh of Media Club South Africa, South Africa is fast gaining a reputation as a leading stargazing destination in the world! One of the main reasons for this is because there are two thirds more stars in the Southern hemisphere than in the Northern hemisphere. Another reason, as mentioned above, is that there is very little man made lighting in the more remote Drakensberg regions and certainly less lighting than in the major cities. Not only is the lack of artificial light beneficial for star gazing but the quiet atmosphere and natural environment make the Drakensberg perfect for stargazing too! After a long week in the office or a tiring hike through the Drakensberg Mountains…PICTURE THIS – a picnic blanket, a few snacks, a glass of wine, your loved one, surrounded by the mountains, the sounds of nature and...

3 Reasons you will want to be in the Drakensberg

Life is stressful, if you do not prioritise time away or find reasons to go away, you will never get time to relax and unwind. So we’re giving you 3 reasons you will want to be in the Drakensberg… 1. Peace and Quiet Starting your day minus the sound of traffic and the stress of work, starting your day in the berg, amongst the fresh air, wildlife, mountains and natural light is really good for the soul and your sleep cycle. But that’s not all, being outdoors balances your body’s melatonin and cortisol levels too. Researchers from the University of Michigan recently did an experiment on some stressed people and tested them after the effects of an outdoor based holiday. The effects of the trip improved psychological well-being, social functioning, and life outlook, these effects lasted for up to a month after their camping excursion. You do not get much more peaceful than the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat, book with us online now. 2. Endless views The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat is framed by the majestic Drakensberg Mountains and therefore offers endless views for you to sit back and enjoy with a glass of wine and if you’re a keen photographer, this is your playground too! Endless views and endless photo opportunities! These views offer your mind time to rest and stop thinking or stressing. Be surrounded by nature and greenery rather than buildings, computer screens and paperwork! 3. The stunning walks / hikes If you are into exercise, the never-ending mountains and hiking trails are ideal! If exercise isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other activities available for all...

Mountain Bike Race and Accommodation in the Drakensberg

Are you and your family looking for an adventure? Are you into the outdoorsy/active stuff like a Mountain Bike Race? Take a trip to The Drakensberg for a fun weekend packed with activities for the whole family! Date: 18 and 19 April Time: Whole Day Event Place: All Out Adventures (GPS S 28 38.58 E 29 01.07) There are plenty of races to choose from (see poster for details) depending on your fitness! Opt for a friendly race or if you are the competitive type, go ahead and enter the 50km Extreme Classic Race. Spectators and children can enjoy all the attractions at All Out Adventures, including a supervised Kids Zone to keep them busy while you race. The Drakensberg offers some of the best views in South Africa and makes the perfect backdrop to a race and weekend away! For some great mountain biking tips follow this link: https://www.foldingbikezone.com/mountain-bike-tips/ Find accommodation close to the race location Enter and find out more about the Mountain Bike Race Now...

Trail Runs in the Drakensberg…

In early February 2015 Drakensberg Mountain Retreat hosted its second Trail weekend and numbers were significantly up from the first Trail weekend held in October 2014! The longer distance trail runners set off in misty conditions on Saturday morning to do a 26km trail (550m of ascent) across the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat and neighboring farms. This was great run for those looking to get some serious training in for the AfricanX Race in March this year. The mist soon lifted as the morning wore on and the great weather that was promised on the forecast, arrived. A few of the historic sites were incorporated on the run to make it even more enjoyable, this included Retief’s Pass and the Kaalvoet Vrou Statue. The other runners set off on various shorter trails of 6km to 9km around the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. The rest of the day was spent admiring the views, going for shorter walks and enjoying a refreshing swim in the pools at DMR. The morning of Day 2 started early and a lot warmer than Day 1…with a few tender legs too. A number of the trails on the DMR farm were combined to make up a run of 15km. The going was extremely tough as the day went on to reach temperatures of 30°C. Runners were relieved to reach the waterfalls where they were able to stand underneath the cascading water and cool off before continuing with the second part of their run, back to the lodge. The shorter runs provided the groups with well-marked fun trails around the farm. For those who weren’t keen on running,...

Northern Drakensberg History – Places to Visit Whilst Staying at DMR

When visiting the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat, there are plenty of activities for you and your family to do and many beautiful heritage sites and berg views to visit and enjoy. One of the views you will want to experience is the view from the Piet Retief Pass. This is the pass through which Retief’s party of Voortrekkers descended the Drakensberg in their quest for freedom and a land (Natal) of their own. This group of men consisted of 66 wagons and these were the first ever wheeled vehicles to enter Natal. The trail carved by these wagons is known as Retief’s Pass and was declared a national monument in February 1977. Another Heritage site, which is a “must see” is the Kaalvoet Vrou statue (pictured below). The Afrikaans title given to the statue directly translates to “Barefoot Women” in English. This statue is situated near Bergville at the Voortrekker Pass and is just 1 ½ km from the Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. This historic monument stands as if walking away from Natal and is in memory of Susanna Smit, who in 1837 declared that she would rather trek barefoot back over the Berg than live in Natal under British rule.                       Another site you will want to add to your list of sites to see is the location where Piet Retief’s’ followers camped while their leader went to Zululand to parlay with the Zulu Chief Dingaan for land. The Site is named Kerkenberg because the Voortrekker’s priest, Erasmus Smit, deemed the cluster of rocks at its base was worthy of...

4 things to do in the Northern Drakensberg

No matter what your idea of a holiday is, the Northern Drakensberg has an activity for you and your family to enjoy. Whether its romance, adventure or arts and culture you’re after, we have it covered! Find some activities to do whilst staying in the Northern Drakensberg below… 1 for the view… Visit the second highest waterfall on the planet, the Tugela Falls. The waterfall is situated in the Royal Natal National Park and the best time for viewing is during summer. Take one of the two hiking trails that lead to the Tugela Falls. The first of the hiking trails involves a full day of walking to the summit of Mount-Aux-Sources whilst the second trail offers a more gentle hike which leads to the foot of the falls (through the beautiful indigenous forest in the Tugela Gorge). Contact Drakensberg Mountain Retreat for more information on these trails as well as to book accommodation for your stay.     2 for Romance… Fancy something adventurous and romantic? Why not take a horse ride through the mountains and canter through the breath taking scenery. There are various trails offered by the Montusi Estate in the Northern Drakensberg, ranging from easy outrides on the Estate for the beginners to trickier trails for those who are more experienced and confident. Email info@montusi.co.za  to book your horse ride today. 3 for Adventure… If it’s an adrenalin rush you are after then look no further than the 900m forest cable tour. If it’s an adrenalin rush you are after then look no further than the 900m forest cable tour. This cable tour is the...