Drakensberg Tips for first time visitors to the Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg horse trails

Here are our Drakensberg tips for first time visitors to the Drakensberg Mountains. The Drakensberg Mountains are a large area spread along the Lesotho South African border. Split into a number of different areas, getting between them takes time.

Drakensberg tip 1: Hire a car

Public transport is almost non-existent, so we suggest you hire a car or stay on the edge of the park and join daily tours.

Drakensberg tip 2: Take in a horse trail

There is no more exciting an activity in the Drakensberg than to explore the region on horse back.

Drakensberg horse trails
Go on a Drakensberg horse trail. One of the best ways to experience the Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg tip 3: Hiking at Giants Castle

Because of its size you have to choose which areas of the Drakensberg to visit. If you are coming for the first time then we highly recommend the Giants Castle in the Central Drakensberg. Hikes start at 1850m which means that you get 500m extra elevation. The higher you go the better the views. Giants Castle also offers a great selection of varied hiking trails and afterwards you can relax on the deck of the camp restaurant.

Drakensberg tip 4: Bushman Rock Art

The best site in the Drakensberg to see bushman rock art is Game Pass Shelter in the Kamberg Nature Reserve

Foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg tip 5: Sani Pass

If you have a bit more time then also take the exciting but tortuous drive up the Sani Pass. Not only is the drive great but at the top you’ll find the highest pub in Africa, friendly locals, stunning views and some superb hiking. For more information read our 4×4 adventure up the Sani Pass

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