And there are lots of adventure activities in the
Drakensberg to choose from. You could
for example meet Horrible Horace, the Whiplash and the Four-Man-Hole -
legendary rapids and cascades that form part of the roller coaster ride of
white water adventuring in the region.
Mix in abseiling, mountaineering and quad biking and you can understand
why so many adrenalin enthusiasts regard our Drakensberg rivers, mountains
and tracks as the ultimate adventure destination in the World.
The mighty rivers that form high in the Drakensberg offer endless
opportunities to the adventure seeker. Rivers that flow and cascade
through mountain, grassland and bush, then meander through straight, quiet
stretches before bursting back to frenetic life in a series of plunging
waterfalls and churning rapids. These are powerful waterways, begging to
be tamed by raft, canoe or tube.
of them all is the
Tugela River; pounding and pummeling its way through the nerve-tingling
There are mountains to be conquered - and they don't
come more challenging than the towering peaks of the Drakensberg. The
legendary abode of dragons, the Zulu
calls it the uKhahlamba - the barrier of spears - and with good reason.
There are numerous stories of man pitted against nature on these
precipitous faces. Soaring to 3 500 meters, this majestic and imposing
mountain range has challenged the climbing greats.
Perhaps you would like to tame a giant rock face, but you've never
tackled a mountain in your life. Why not experience the adrenalin rush of
abseiling, which is offered at many of the local resorts. This is an
opportunity for the novice or inexperienced to scale giant rock faces
under safe and expert instruction.
You may prefer a canoe safari on Wagendrift
Dam. Or the thrills and spills of carting and quad bike racing.
For the children there are adventure camps, which
offer camels, horse carts,
horse riding, obstacle courses, swimming, hiking, climbing and farm
activities centered on the care of animals.
in the Drakensberg is another winter option and although the skiing
is not a main reason to come an visit South Africa it can well be a fun
activity on the side.
in the Drakensberg offers superb golfing facilities in an environment
that is unsurpassed
kayaking, white water rafting, surf paddling – whatever your craft,
South Africa offers big, fast rivers, lakes, dams and of course the magnificent
Indian Ocean to satisfy your hunger for adventure.
List of Adventure Activities in the Drakensberg
guided walks & hiking trails.
Hikes are normally available on a daily basis from most hotels, resorts and
Natal Nature Conservation Services camps. Hikes will vary from easy strolls
of about an hour to visit local attractions to more strenuous all day
climbs. For the energetic and fit, there is the challenge to make the
demanding but exhilarating climb to the top of the main Drakensberg summit.
Guided 4x4 trails are offered in perhaps the most scenic environment
in the world. Passes like Sani
Pass and Mikes
Pass at Cathedral
Peak let you get right onto the Drakensberg escarpment. An adventure
that just cannot be missed.
- Drakensberg game viewing.
Experience the excitement of black and white rhino in Weenen
Game Reserve. Or an adventure on horseback through a private game
reserve where you can view giraffe to dung beetles while your horse
carries you comfortably.
riding in the Drakensberg
Drakensberg resorts offer horse riding as an attraction and short to half
day rides through the foothills are usually available. To enjoy the
wonderful mountain scenery whilst on horseback adds enormously to the
- River swimming & White
is hard to resist the temptation of taking a refreshing swim in a crystal
clear mountain stream. Summer is paradise with many deep plunge pools to be
found in the sandstone bedrock, together with warm rocks to bask on. For the
able and adventurous the larger rivers are great for 'shooting the rapids'
on tire tubes and rubber boats.
you're after "eagles" and "birdies", tee off in the
Drakensberg! Tall sandstone cliffs and lush valleys form the backdrop to
rolling fairways and challenging greens. Cathedral Peak, Champagne Valley
and Hlalanathi host nine hole golf courses and eighteen holes can be found
at Champagne Sports Resort in the central Drakensberg.
dams and streams close to the resorts or in the wilderness areas of the
Drakensberg are normally reserved for fly fishing. The KZN Nature Conservation Services have made
available several excellent trout dams and stretches of fishable river.
Recommended Drakensberg adventure companies
- Drakensberg Excursions
Adventure activities near Mooi
River in the Kamberg
Valley. Trails on sure-footed appaloosas. See the Drakensberg
on horse back. Little Mooi River trout fishing for the experienced fisherman
and dams stocked regularly. Telephone:(033)2637227
- Four Rivers Adventures
Adventure activities near Winterton.
For a totally new and exciting adventure activity - try River Rafting
in the Central
Drakensberg area of Kwa-Zulu
Natal. Daily river trips are offered (subject to river conditions)
on the four main rivers in the area, Injasuti, Lombargwa, Bushman and
Tugela. The Tugela River trip is the most popular ; it includes a Grade
5 rapid, the largest rapid allowed to run commercially world wide. Two-man
inflatable rafts and all the equipment, i.e. life jackets, helmets,
paddles, etc., are provided by Four Rivers Rafting. All trips take place
under the supervision of experienced guides.
Off road carting in the Central Drakensberg, Kwazulu Natal. There is
a track where you can participate in either 6 laps or 12 laps. Our outride
is proving to be very popular and takes about half an hour. A longer
outride can be arranged. We supply helmets, goggles and waterproof pants.
For a great Team Building Experience, or if there is a group or more
than 5 people at one time, we can arrange a `Le Mans` type of event
which will comprise of racing teams of two or more people doing pit
stops, refueling and changing of drivers and much more fun activities.
- Major Adventures
Adventure activities near Underberg
in the Southern
Pass Day Trip (4x4) : guided
tour up Sani Pass into Lesotho
- full day. Overnighting Lesotho (4x4) : guided tour up Sani Pass into
Lesotho and overnighting at Molumong
or Katse Dam.
Wildcoast Trip : tailor made trips to Wildcoast.