Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, South Africa
We say our goodbyes to the golden beaches of KwaZulu Natal and journey inland to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg, or Royal Natal National Park, which is part of the massive and beautifully picturesque Drakensberg Escarpment. The Drakensberg is South Africa’s tallest range of mountains with summits of over 3,000 metres. One of the most well-loved activities here is hiking and therefore, your guides will happily lead you on a gorgeous hike if you have not already opted to partake in other optional activities. We stop along the way at the picturesque Howick Falls and pay a visit the the site where our former president Nelson Mandela was held captive for 27 years before becoming South Africa’s president in 1994. On our second day, we go for a guided hike to see some of the famous San rock paintings. There are a variety of different trails to accommodate every level of fitness therefore everyone will be able to enjoy the mountain paradise.
The most popular activity at Royal Natal is definitely hiking. An all-inclusive hiking guide will be available for purchase at the Visitor Centre, at Thendele camp and at the main entrance gate. This brochure includes a comprehensive map of the Park along with the systems of hiking trails which all lead to every section of the Park, ranging from a relaxed stroll to Fairy Glen to the physically demanding trek up the Crack and down the Mudslide. This phenomenal natural site is home to a variety of fauna and flora. There are many caves and rock-shelters adorned with the biggest collection of rock paintings in Africa, south of the Sahara, created by the ancient San people over some 4,000 years ago. These artworks are representative of the spiritual life led by the San who are believed to have resided here until the year 1878. Numerous guided hikes will be available for you to partake in, in order for you to have a close look at these spectacular paintings. The region was originally spread over 3,330 hectares, but over time the land has been extended to gain its current size of 8,094 hectares.
Accommodation: Monks Cowl or The Nest
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: St. Lucia to Drakensberg
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls, Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park