Holidays to the Drakensberg & Midlands

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.

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
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.

Selected Drakensberg Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Drakensberg

KwaZulu Natal and Mauritius Holiday

Days
18
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $3,930 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Mauritius, South Africa
Locations
Durban, Drakensberg, Nambiti Private Game Reserve

The Best of KwaZulu-Natal and Dubai

Days
15
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $3,980 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa, United Arab Emirates
Locations
Durban, Dubai, Drakensberg, Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Cape Town, Durban, Drakensberg and Safari Family Holiday

Days
16
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $7,110 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Durban, Drakensberg, Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Self-Drive Battlefields Adventure

Days
8
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $1,750 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Battlefields, Drakensberg

Drakensberg Accommmodation

  • Cathedral Peak Hotel Client Score: 4

    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.

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  • Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse Client Score: Not yet rated

    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.

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  • Three Trees at Spionkop Client Score: Not yet rated

    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.

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