Join GoTrekking Africa‘s Trekking guides in the Drakensberg trekking or on a hiking holiday & trek the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range. Spectacular views are constant, there is never a moment when the massive basalt walls, cliffs, peaks & pinnacles that tower over the coastal lowlands of Kwa-Zulu Natal aren’t visible. Spend the days trekking through The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, explore and trek the high altitude wetlands, hike across pristine Drakensberg streams & spend your evenings gazing at the stars glittering above you.
This is a trekking wilderness area of untouched beauty where the magnitude of the vista is breathtaking. The Drakensberg separates the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho from South Africa, hiking or trekking on the Drakensberg escarpment you see the best of both. It was granted Cultural & Natural UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2000 for the unique environmental diversity & priceless legacy of Rock Art preserved in sandstone rock shelters which offer us a glimpse into the enigmatic lives & rituals the San people who once lived in these mountains.
TREKKING IN THE DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS
The Drakensberg escarpment, where most of GoTrekking Africa’s guided trekking & adventures take place, is a wilderness area, this means there are no facilities, no forms of ‘civilization’ and no paths. The Drakensberg escarpment averages 3000m above sea level. GoTrekking camps in mountaineering tents or caves where appropriate & all provisions are carried by the group for the trip. Fires and littering are strictly prohibited. The water from streams in the High Drakensberg is safe to drink. Porters are available as an optional extra.
Mountain weather can be unpredictable, it’s advisable to be prepared for icy nights, snow or blistering hot sunshine at any time of the year. Typically you can expect:
- SPRING – September, October; High rain fall moderate temperatures, a spectacular change from winter browns to a riot of flowering alpine plants &water cascading over the escarpment.
- SUMMER – November to March; High daytime temps, often in the 20’s warm clear nights. The brilliantly green Berg is a magnificent backdrop to the dramatic afternoon thunder & lightening storms.
- AUTUMN –Mid March to April; fairly stable weather, the alpine plants & grasslands taking on beautiful autumn hues.
- WINTER –May to end of August; Generally clear, often snow, frosts, sub zero temperatures at nights, day temperatures are close to 0 degrees Celsius
The closest freeway to the Drakensberg is the N3 from Johannesburg to Durban with access roads to the Berg towns & hiking areas from Harrismith to Howick. Most secondary roads are tarred, a notable exception is Sani Pass in the Southern Drakensberg where a 4×4 vehicle is required. Passports are required when going up Sani, as you’ll cross the South African border & enter Lesotho.
At the base of the High Drakensberg, an area known as the ‘Little Berg’, there are many towns with an abundance and variety of accommodation ranging from Camping sites (The KZN Wildlife sites are normally well maintained & situated) to 5 star luxury accommodation. There are many local tourist attractions and restaurants for ‘non-hiking days.
MAIN DRAKENSBERG TOWNS
- NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG: Bergville, Winterton
- CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG: Estcourt, Nottingham Road, Rosetta
- SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG: Underberg, Himeville, Howick.