Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg - pause for a few minutes in nature
Drakensberg Mountains – Giants Castle

The Drakensberg Mountains are renowned for their dramatic landscape, spectacular waterfalls and some of the best hiking opportunities in the world. The Drakensberg is also home to 35 000 examples of San rock paintings and a huge diversity of protected plant and animal species.

Bushman rock art in the Kamberg Nature Reserve in the Central Drakensberg

The peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains exceed 3000m and form the backbone of the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Area between the Kingdom of Lesotho and South Africa.

The uKhahlamba (“barrier of spears” in Zulu) is a dynamic wonderland of river valleys, mountain streams, rugged cliffs, hiking trails and stunning scenery that attracts thousands of travellers every year. With such natural beauty to its credit, it is not surprising that the mountain region literally bursts at the seams with exhilarating adventure activities.

Incredible Hiking

The Drakensberg Mountains boasts some of the best hiking trails in all of South Africa including options for slack packing. The entire Drakensberg region also provides a plethora of other outdoor activities to engage in, and a number of national parks, game reserves and designated ‘wilderness areas’ to visit.  These include uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, Royal Natal National Park, Cathedral Peak, Monks Cowl, Injisuthi, Giants Castle & Kamberg

Culturally Rich Area

The Drakensberg Mountains is home to a variety of ecosystems with rich and diverse flora and fauna. Perhaps most notably is the critically-endangered bearded vulture, which can regularly be sighted soaring across the valleys.

The Drakensberg is also an area of significant anthropological interest and is well known for the many ancient San rock paintings that can be found in some 500 caves throughout the region. Some of these paintings are possibly as much as 3,000 years old.

Add to all this the warmth and hospitality of the local people, the striking sandstone cliffs, the unspoilt forests, the soaring peaks, the crystal clear rivers and some of the most spectacular views imaginable and it is not hard to see what makes this magical region so worth experiencing. And there are few better places to experience all that the Drakensberg Mountains has to offer than at Antbear Lodge.

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