The barrier of spears
The Drakensberg Mountains enchant with dramatic views, loads of activities and is a World Heritage Site.
The Drakensberg Mountains’ stunning beauty, biodiversity, historical significance and wealth of recreational activities will satisfy any visitor.
The Drakensberg Mountain Range, or uKhahlamba in Zulu, is the highest in South Africa and offers incredible natural beauty and a wealth of recreational activities. It encompasses a World Heritage Site due to its range of plants and the largest collection of San rock paintings in Africa.
The spectacular and ancient Drakensberg Mountain Range is Southern Africa's highest range at 3 482 m and stretches an enormous 1 000 km from north to east. In Zulu the range is called uKhahlamba, or the barrier of spears, which does justice to its dramatic basalt buttresses. The Blyde River Canyon is situated in the northern part of the mountain range.
This unspoiled escarpment offers visitors spectacular views, a multitude of activities and rich historical value and is considered one of South Africa's most popular natural attractions. It is made up of a sandstone layer covered with a 1 400 m basalt layer and its incredible biodiversity and sandstone caves filled with the largest collection of San paintings in the world are two of the reasons for its appeal. The Drakensberg Moutains hold approximately 40 000 works of San art and are home to a large number of threatened and endemic plants as well as nearly 300 bird species.
The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, which is administered by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and is approximately two hours away from Durban on the south coast, lies within the Drakensberg Mountain Range in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province and is a world class ecotourism centre. The park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 and spans 150km over 243 000 ha of land.
The Drakensberg Mountains offer everything from easy, guided walks and fly fishing to rock climbing and hot air balloon rides over hidden valleys. It also offers towering sandstone cliffs, unspoilt forests, soaring peaks and rich animal life, including Black Eagle and Eland. Visitors can swim in crystal clear rivers, explore the area by mountain bike and enjoy glorious vistas. Accommodation is plentiful and range from basic to luxurious.
A visit to the Drakensberg Moutains can be as short as a day or as long as you want due to the huge amount of recreational activities and natural attractions on offer.
Accommodation in the Drakensberg Mountains is plentiful with bed & breakfasts, hotels, guesthouses, camping and caravaning, self-catering, bush camps, lodges and resorts available.
Horse riding, fishing, golf and bowls are popular pastimes in the Drakensberg Mountains as are, game and bird viewing tours, 4x4 routes, mountain biking and helicopter flips.
Drakensberg Tourism Association
Tel: +27 (36) 448 1557
The scenic Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park
The Drakensberg is a great place to spot rare birds like the Bearded Vulture, Southern Bald Ibis and Yellow-breasted Pipit.
The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg Mountains are also known as the Barrier of Spears and are famed for their stunning beauty, biodiversity, San rock art and great recreational options.