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Five of the best things to do in South Africa’s Drakensberg

The Zulus called this place Ukahlamba – meaning the barrier of spears – while the Voortrekkers named the area Drakensberg, or Dragon Mountain. This beautiful area of KwaZulu-Natal lies inland from the Indian Ocean coast, with spectacular crags of sandstone and basalt, amidst beautiful grasslands and has now been dubbed the Ukahlamba-Drakensberg National Park. The scenery is quite simply stunning with excellent accommodation options of all types and plenty to do.
While visiting the area, there are many attractions to experience and tour. Whether enjoying a tailor-made holiday from Wayfairer Travel, or under your steam, experience some of the exciting and adventurous activities on offer.

Sani Spoors mountain biking adventure

Situated just outside the village of Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg, Sani Spoors offers a series of fun mountain biking trails. The trails run through farmlands, pine plantations, past the Mzimkulu River and through open countryside. The mountain biking trails vary from 3 km to 15 km, depending on your stamina.
Sani Spoors mountain biking

Flying Trapeze in the Northern Drakensberg

For a more unusual experience, All Out Adventures in the Northern Drakensberg gives the chance to try out a genuine circus trapeze. Instructors guide you through the process of taking off from the board, ending up landing in the net below. Those more acrobatically inclined can learn how to do a knee hang or a back flip dismount. They also offer several other kinds of adventure activities, which can be viewed in the video below. The Flying Trapeze can be seen in action at around 1:10 minutes.

Kamberg Rock Art

The Kamberg Rock Art in Central Drakensberg was created by the original San Bushmen in the region hundreds of years ago. These beautiful paintings tell the stories of their mythology and beliefs in shades of red, black, orange and white using pigments, taken from their natural surrounds. The intricate images depict the everyday life of the San people, including their hunting trips, with the eland making a regular appearance, as the people’s main source of food and animal skins. They also feature lions, elephants and giraffe. Guided tours involve a 2-3 hour walk through some truly beautiful scenery.

San painting
Photo San painting of an eland via Wikimedia by Lukas Kaffer/CC BY-SA 3.0

Kamberg Valley Horse Riding Trail

Nestled in the foothills of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park and in the same area as the San paintings, the Kamberg Valley Horse Riding Trail takes riders through farmlands and beautiful forests with plenty of bird life and wildlife on view. The trail is suitable for both beginners and expert riders, taking around two hours to complete, heading out from Sans Souci Farm on one of their 30 beautiful Appaloosas.
Drakensberg horse riding
Photo horse riding in the Drakensberg via Wikimedia by Aurobindo Ogra/CC BY-SA 3.0

Hot Air Balloon rides over the Drakensberg

Another way to see the sights of the Drakensberg is from the air, with wonderful, scenic hot air balloon flights over Giants Castle in the Southern Drakensberg right across to the Ampitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg. Offered by Drakensberg Ballooning, the hot air balloon rides can accommodate two to 10 passengers and leave at sunrise.
Hot air balloon rides in the Drakensberg

Enjoy the spectacular scenery, wonderful accommodation options and many more exciting and adventurous activities in the Drakensberg.


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