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With the Northern Drakensberg Mountains providing the backdrop, the stylish Alpine Heath Resort Drakensberg with its Afro-Swiss design blends effortlessly into the magnificent landscape....

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Drakensberg Guide

Overview

Quick Facts: Drakensberg

Hiking and Mountain biking

Drakensberg Mountains

Horse Trails

Highest part of the Drakensberg

Worlds greatest collection of rock art

Introducing Drakensberg

The Northern Drakensberg is the highest point of the Drakensberg Mountains, a World Heritage Site, rising over 3000m. The local Zulu people refer to the Northern Drakensberg as the “Barrier of Spears” because it forms a semi circular border between KwaZulu/Natal and Lesotho. This part of the Drakensberg is probably the most impressive and beautiful stretch of the impressive mountain range.

KwaZulu/Natal’s largest river, the Tugela, has its source in the Northern Drakensberg and the waterfall it forms plunges 950metres, making it the second highest waterfall in the world. 

R32;The spectacular Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg is probably one of the most photographed features of this area. The region has a range of hiking trails available including trails that make use of caves to overnight in for the more adventurous traveler. The icy pools along many of the trails go a long way to refresh and rejuvenate tired and weary souls.

The Natal Drakensberg Park consists of mainly the Northern Drakensberg and has an abundance of wildlife and birdlife, including the bearded vultures. This part of the Drakensberg is also home to thousands of Bushmans paintings, the earliest of which are around 800 years old.

The Northern Drakensberg also has, within easy access, a varied selection of art and craft shops showcasing the best of the local talent.

Spring time sees the mountains covered in a carpet of beautiful pink and orange watsonia and pretty miniature gladioli. Protea trees and ancient tree ferns can be found in the higher reaches of the mountain slopes. The autumn months see the low lying areas covered in a carpet of red, pink and white cosmos blossoms.

Summers in the Northern Drakensberg are pleasantly warm with the temperatures averaging 25C. The winters can get bitterly cold though often with heavy snowfall in the higher lying areas of the mountain. Any rain the region receives, it receives in the summer months with the highest levels in January and February.

Some of the must see stops when visiting Northern Drakensberg:

  • Tugela Falls
  • Ampitheatre
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The Alpine Heath Resort

The Alpine Heath Resort

Address: Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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