Stretched across four valleys, the uKhahlamba mountain range offers the avid traveller spectacular scenery across diverse landscapes. Whether you plan on a luxury experience or want to rough it up outdoors and sleep under the stars, the region will offer a memorable experience during your summer holiday.
Must Visit Checklist
With summer and the festive season only a few weeks away, it’s time to plot your journey across our beautiful country. Some of the areas to add onto your Drakensberg bucketlist include:
The Little Church Tea Garden
Halfway between Durban and Johannesburg is the Little Church of Van Reenen. It is considered “the best kept secret on the M3” and the smallest Roman Catholic Church in the world with only has eight seats. It was built in 1925, as a tribute to Llandaff Matthews who was killed while trying to save eight miners – each commemorated with a seat in the building. There is a tea garden catering for children and pets. Couples looking for something different can use the Little Chapel for their wedding ceremony.
A hike up Cathedral Peak is definitely a vertical endeavour. The 19km and 12 hour hike is ideal for seasoned hikers who have the stamina and grit to make it through. Located in the Mlambonja and Mdodelelo Wilderness areas the mountain is 3000m above sea level. This area is home to over 4000 paintings found over 17 sites making it the richest rock art area in the world. You can do this steep walk guided, some tours groups break the hike over two days with a night spent in one of the many caves in the area.
Pennygum Rafting and Tubing
Enjoy time in the sun this summer while at Pennygum Rafting and Tubing. Located in the agricultural town, Underberg on the foothills of the stunning southern Drakensberg Mountain range, you are set to enjoy the picturesque trip to the facility. Enjoy a two or four person raft down the uMzimkulu River, as you bird watch and the many animals that rely on the water source.
A drive into the Drakensberg to explore any of many diverse travel experiences will leave enthralled and awe-struck by the area’s natural beauty. Check into Oaklands Country Manor to catch your breathe while enjoying your travels.