The majestic Drakensberg (Dragon Mountain), sometimes referred to as UKhahlamba (the Barrier of Spears), is a massive mountain range that runs along the western portion of KwaZulu Natal separating the province from the Kingdom of Lesotho in the west. Stretching some 200 kilometres, the area compromises some basalt cliffs, grassy slopes, cascading waterfalls and lush forests and it was declared as a World Heritage Site in November 2000.
The mighty Drakensberg of which is divided into two parts, namely: Northern and Central Drakensberg has some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery and the area falls into four valleys:
The Cathkin and Champagne Valley
At 3149m and 3248m respectively, Cathkin and Champagne Castle, together with Monks Cowl(3234m), are some of the highest peaks of the Drakensberg Mountain.
Royal Natal National Park
In this popular tourist area lies the impressive and world famous Amphitheatre, where the Drakensberg rises to the height of over 1000m for over five kilometres. The adventurous can climb up a nerve wrecking chain ladder and view an escarpment from the top, while a further feature of the area is the Tugela Falls cascading down five drops and forming the second highest waterfall, in the world.
Cathedral Peak and Didima Valley
The Cathedral Peak area of the Drakensberg has magnificent views of the Central Drakensberg, especially from the top of Mike’s Pass which is accessible from a 4X4 vehicle.
The Rainbow Gorge with two enormous boulders forming a unique wedge is another breath-taking feature of nature here. The Didima Resort and San Art Centre are certainly worth a visit while in this area of the Drakensberg. A 4X4 trail leads from the Amphitheatre to Cathedral Peak providing a challenging drive while the area is home to many trails.
Lost Valley and Middledale Pass
The “Lost Valley” of the Northern Drakensberg is a remote area that was reportedly the home of an isolated “White Tribe”, descended from the Voortrekkers who came into Natal via Retief Pass. Close to Retief Pass and Voortrekker Pass stands the statue of the “Kaalvoet Vrou”, commemorating the 1837 entry into Natal by Piet Retief.
Activities & Facilities
There are many captivating activities waiting for you in the Okhahlamba Drakensberg such as hiking, rock art, golf, camping, horse riding, helicopter flights, trout fishing, swimming, historic tours, bungee bounce, free fall bridge swing, river rafting, quad bike tours, Drakensberg Canopy Tours, Four Rivers Rafting & Adventure, golf and trout fishing. You’ll be talking about your time here long after you’ve left.
There is plenty to see. You’ll be left amazed by the magnificent mountains such as Cathedral Peak and the Amphitheatre. The Battlefields sites including Spioenkop and Easby make up some of the other must-see destinations.
You’ll be spoilt for choice for accommodation which ranges from B&B’s, hotels, resorts, chalets, self-catering, caravan and camping sites, lodges, and guest houses. Some of these establishments are closer to the mountains which gives you the opportunity to experience the beauty of nature. They include Alpine Heath, Ezulwini, Hlalanathi, Drakensville, Drakensberg Sun, Cathkin Cottages, Tendele, Didima, Champagne Sports, The Nest and Dragon Peaks. Your stay in this area will be memorable.
Your many culinary options include restaurants and pizzerias. There are coffee shops that sell scrumptious cakes and take away menus are available at some restaurants. The Nest Drakensberg Mountain Resort and Restaurant, Dragons Rest Pub, Caterpillar and Catfish Cookhouse and Ala Carte are definitely worth a visit. Bingelela Restaurant and Pizzeria, Valley Bakery, Coffee Shop and Art Gallery, Little Switzerland Resort, Restaurant and Take Away and Cup Cake are part of a great culinary parade.
Winterton Information Office
- Tel: 036 488 1988
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: Library Building, Church Street, Winterton,3350
- Website: www.okhahlamba.org.za/tourism
- GPS Coordinates: S 28° 48′ 41.695” E 29° 32′ 25.034”
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/BergTourism
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/okhahlambadrakensbergtourism.winterton
- Destination video: https://youtu.be/mtNVaE57dvO.
Bergville Information Office
- Tel: 036 448 8006
- Email: Bergville.Tourism@okhahlamba.org
- Website: www.okhahlamba.org.za/tourism
- Address:259 Kingsway Street, opposite the Caltex Garage in Bergville
- GPS Coordinates: S28º43’45.82″ E29º20’56.82″