The Drakensberg (known locally as the Berg) rise to their most fierce and dramatic on the Lesotho border, earning their Zulu name "Barrier of Spears".
In the Royal Natal National Park is the Amphitheatre, a five kilometre curving sheer wall over which the Tugela River dashes itself.
Wildlife of the Drakensberg
At Giant’s Castle, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have marked out hiking trails to showcase the scenery, the remarkable San rock art and the wildlife. Amongst the peaks, eland pick out paths and Lammergeier vultures soar on thermals.
The southern Berg is home to the Sani Pass, where a narrow dirt road climbs through the mountains into Lesotho.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Drakensberg
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Drakensberg, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Drakensberg
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Places near the Drakensberg
- The Midlands 43 miles away
- Spioenkop 48 miles away
- Lesotho 72 miles away
- The Battlefields 98 miles away
- Durban 100 miles away
- Umhlanga Rocks 102 miles away
- The South Coast 102 miles away
- Port St Johns 158 miles away
- Hluhluwe-IMfolozi Game Reserve 183 miles away
- Coffee Bay 184 miles away
- Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve 194 miles away
- iSimangaliso Wetland Park 205 miles away
- Phinda Private Game Reserve 206 miles away
- Lake St Lucia 208 miles away
- Swaziland 227 miles away
- Johannesburg 240 miles away
- The Elephant Coast 262 miles away
- East London 270 miles away
Accommodation choices for the Drakensberg
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Drakensberg. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.