These spectacular mountains raise as high as 3000m, and host some of the most popular South African Nature Reserves. This landscape of valleys and unspoilt wilderness offers plenty of excellent accommodation.
Mountain of the Dragon
Known to the Zulu people as Ukhahlamba, or the Barrier of Spears, the Mountains of the Dragon are the source of the Tugela River, the largest in the Province. In this river you can see the most spectacular waterfall, the Tugela Falls which is the second highest waterfall in the world.
The Berg, as it is commonly called, is popular with hikers, rock climbers, trout fishermen, and other holidaymakers. For the more adventurous there are also many trails which use caves up in the mountains for the overnight stops. During winter the escarpment is often covered in snow, transforming the area into a winter wonderland.
The Southern Drakensberg ranges from Giant's Castle to Bushmans Nek, the southernmost section of the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal. Bushmans Nek is one of two official entries into Lesotho from KwaZulu-Natal and can be made on foot or horseback.
Some of the wildlife seen in the Southern Drakensberg include the Eland, the largest of the African antelope, Oribi, Jackal, Baboon and Porcupine. The area is also particularly popular for trout fishing with a number of well stocked dams available.