Holidays to the Drakensberg & Midlands

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Perhaps a lesser known retreat for international visitors, this beautiful area of KwaZulu-Natal has been a long-time favourite for locals. The Drakensberg and Midlands area covers a majestic landscape of craggily hewn mountain peaks, gushing waterfalls and ancient rock art, which combine for a captivating self-drive holiday.

A mountain stream An incredible mountain walk with holidays to the Drakensberg A horseriding adventure

The Drakensberg Mountains rise to over 3000 metres and were termed by the Zulu people as 'uKhahlamba', which translates to 'barrier of spears'; a fitting name for the piercing mountain crests. Discover an area of outstanding natural beauty, boasting crystal lakes teeming with fish, a diversity of wildlife, including otters and eland, and skies ruled by eagle-eyed raptors. Since 2000 the Drakensberg area was acknowledged by UNESCO and is now a World Heritage Site, renamed as uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.

It's impossible to get bored with holidays to the Drakensberg, with a spectacular list of activities on offer. Take on mountain climbing, horse-riding, hiking trails and uncover around 35,000 San rock paintings. There's also the chance to navigate the Sani Pass - a treacherous mountain road that links KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho. The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands precede the mountain range and are best explored via the Midlands Meander. The route is characterised by scenic grandeur and plenty of things to do. Take in the unique sculpture of the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Zipline through the trees with Karkloof Canopy Tours and marvel at Howick Falls.

Drakensberg Highlights

  • Experience some of South Africa's most impressive scenery in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
  • Take in sightings of raptor, eland and otter
  • Enjoy a range of adventure activities, including mountain climbing and horse riding
  • Discover the art and scenic beauty along the Midlands Meander

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Selected Drakensberg Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Drakensberg

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Horse riding

Durban, Drakensberg, Battlefields and Safari Self Drive

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $2,110 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Durban, Battlefields, Drakensberg, Nambiti Private Game Reserve
Thonga Beach Lodge turtle

KwaZulu Natal and Mauritius Holiday

Days
18
Cost Per Person
From $3,800 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Mauritius
South Africa
Locations
Durban, Drakensberg, Nambiti Private Game Reserve
Leopard on tree

The Best of KwaZulu-Natal and Dubai

Days
15
Cost Per Person
From $3,870 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Locations
Durban, Dubai, Drakensberg, Nambiti Private Game Reserve
Umzolozolo Safari Lodge Game drive

Cape Town, Durban, Drakensberg and Safari Family Holiday

Days
16
Cost Per Person
From $6,820 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Durban, Drakensberg, Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Drakensberg Accommmodation

All South Africa accommodations
  • Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Executive honeymoon suite

    Set on 400 hectares of grassland, amidst the mighty Drakensburg Mountains, Cathedral Peak Hotel guarantees absolutely stunning views and a peaceful retreat from the outside world.

  • Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
    Bedroom interior

    Set in a valley deep in the Drakensberg Mountains, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is an owner managed guest house with plenty of charm, character and delicious 7 course dinners.

  • Three Trees at Spionkop
    Pool

    Set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, this owner-run lodge offers not only magnificent views but comfortable cottages in which to stay and explore the area's natural beauty.