If you’re into culture, art and crafts, the Maloti-Drakensberg Heritage Route is the place for you. From the landscape painters of Clarens and the Basotho cultural villages to the vast network of ancient rock art, it is here that South African culture comes to life on this unforgettable journey.

Did you know?

The Drakensberg is home to the oldest fossilised dinosaur eggs in the world.

The Maloti-Drakensberg Heritage Route is a joint eco-tourism initiative between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho. The route covers about 13 000km2 of the most awe-inspiring mountain scenery along South Africa's north-eastern border with Lesotho.

You’ll catch famous names like the Amphitheatre and Giant's Castle and if you're a hiker or nature fanatic, you will instantly fall in love with this place as you make your way along the contoured paths that criss-cross these popular and scenic parts of the Drakensberg Mountain Range.

Along the way, you’ll come across more than 22 000 ancient rock art paintings. These etchings of history recorded the daily lives and spiritual adventures of the “First People” – the original South Africans.

In summer, the Maloti-Drakensberg Heritage Route is a place of breathtaking beauty with grasslands, forests, clear streams, and a world of tree ferns and mosses that beg to be explored on foot.

But winter is when the mountains are at their grandest, covered in soft, white snow that urges adventurers to take to the slopes at Afriski, or watch raptors soaring above them at Sani Pass.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

South Africa
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000
Email: webmail@kznwildlife.com
Web: www.kznwildlife.com

Mr Chaba Mokuku, Project Coordinator
Tel: +266 (22)312 662
Email: cmokuku@maloti.org.ls

How to get here

The most accessible areas of the Maloti-Drakensberg Tranfrontier Park are the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site in KwaZulu-Natal and Golden Gate National Park in the Free State province. Both are easily accessible by car.

How to get around

Self-drive is best though organised tours are also an option.

Length of stay

Anything from a few days to several weeks.

What to pack

Pack warm clothes, even in summer when evening temperatures can plummet.

Where to stay

There is a range of accommodation in the area to suit all budgets.