Your Guide to the Drakensberg and Natal Midlands

Drakensberg Tours

Drakensberg tours are available for every different aspect of the Drakensberg Mountains. The Northern and Central Drakensberg offer spectacular hiking in the lower reaches of the Mountains. Even overnight trails are possible. The Southern Drakensberg offers softer hiking trails with wonderful sandstone formations.  

What could your Drakensberg tour include?

Drakensberg tours should always include a visit to a bushman rock art siteBushman rock art can be seen at many sites in the Drakensberg and with the assistance of a qualified guide you will be astounded. Tours to the top of the Drakensberg escarpment too like at the Sentinel where you arrive at the source of the Tugela falls a spectacular waterfall falling some 950m. 

Then there are horse trails, 4x4 trails, mountain bike trails, trout fishing, quad bike trails, wild flower tours, cultural experiences, abseiling, golf, rock climbing and much much more. 

Drakensberg Tour Operators

  • Amakhulu Central Reservations - Drakensberg Tour experts Tours in the Drakensberg offer just so much that its best for you to mail Merle with dates and requirements and let her help you plan your perfect Drakensberg vacation.  Their advice does not cost anything and I certainly can recommend their service. The following Drakensberg tour companies which can be reserved online offer with perhaps a slightly different palate of the Drakensberg but please compare tour prices. Its seldome that Amakuhlu does not have a better offer.
  • Seaforth Birding Holidays ( Organised self-drive Birding Holiday )
    Using personal experience and knowledge of local conditions, Trever and Sharneen are in a position to plan wonderful self-drive holidays, making use of selected up-market accommodation in some of the best birding areas in South Africa. Itineraries will be planned to your special needs. Accommodation available is varied from luxury to self-catering. All areas are accessible on good roads and are safe. The locals are helpful and friendly.Apart from the Drakensberg Mountains with its wonderful birding spots, my recommendations include game reserves such as Umfolozi / Hluhluwe, Mkuze, Ndumu Wilderness Camp, the St Lucia lake system, Eshowe, Mtunzini, a Zulu 'Cultural' experience as well as a visit to the historical British/Zulu battlefields and the Drakensberg mountains. You will also have time to see the fabulous Dolphin Coast beaches and maybe even play some golf. So even if you are not into birds, this is still a holiday of a lifetime!
  • Gibela Safaris - Drakensberg ( Drakensberg - 5 Days ) Recommended due to the excellent Itinerary Drakensberg - 5 Days Tour: Durban, Sani Pass, Lesotho, Kamberg - Game Valley Shelter, San Rock Art, Royal Natal National Park, Tugela Gorge, Amphitheatre, KwaZulu-Natal.

    Itinerary:
    • Day 1 : Depart Durban +/- 06H00 and travel to Sani Pass - southern Drakensberg. Explore the pass by 4 x 4, up into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Visit a local Basutho village and enjoy a beer at the highest pub in Africa. Descend late afternoon. Overnight Sani Pass area. (PASSPORT NEEDED) (L&D)
    • Day 2 : Wake up : 07H00 Depart : 08H00
      Depart via the Midlands to Kamberg Nature Reserve. Meet with a local community guide and set of on a walk up to Game Pass Shelter. View some spectacular paintings of eland and therianthrope (half-human, half-animal figures). Also includes the Rosetta panel of San rock art. Return to camp in nature reserve. (B,L&D)
    • Day 3 : Wake up : 07H30 Depart : 10H30
      Morning at leisure to do various short hikes in the park. We continue along the Natal Midlands to the Royal Natal National Park, situated in the Northern Drakensberg region. Short walks or a horse ride through mountain territory are scheduled for the afternoon. Our overnight stop for two nights. (B,L&D)
    • Day 4 : Wake up : 07H00 Depart : 08H00
      Suggested hike for today is the spectacular Tugela Gorge walk. (+/-15 kmís return - 5hrs)
      This hike takes you along the Tugela River to the base of the amphitheatre, which is host
      to the third highest single drop waterfall in the world - The Tugela Falls. This scenic spot is
      the ideal stop for a picnic lunch and a swim. Return late afternoon to base camp to enjoy
      a traditional South African 'braai'. (Barbeque) (B,L&D)
    • Day 5 : Wake up : 07H30 Depart : 010H00
      Morning at leisure to do various short hikes in the park. Lunch is enjoyed en route at the Howick Falls. After lunch we head off via the scenic route through the Valley of a 1000 Hills to return and arrive in Durban at +/- 16H00. (B)
  • Exec-U-Tours ( Tours and Safari's in Kwazulu Natal & Kruger National Park. )
    Exec-U-Tours was established in 1995. They only use Satour accredited tour guides, and luxury airconditioned vehicles. They do all Cultural and Wildlife tours in Kwazulu Natal as well as the Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga area. They also specialise in  trips to the Drakensberg and Sani Pass/Lesotho area. Their Battlefields tour includes places such as Isandlwana, Rourke's Drift, Tugela Ferry and more. In and around Durban, they do City Tours as well as visits to places such as the Valley of 1000 Hills, Bird Park, Sharks Board and Snake Park. The Overland Safari's include visits to Shakaland, St Lucia Estuary and Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserves.
    • Sani Pass / Lesotho - Departures daily at 06h30. Cost R925 per perosn (Passports essential). Scenic drive to Underberg for breakfast and transfer by 4 x 4 vehicle for the ascent to the Sani Pass Chalet (Roof of Africa) where you will enjoy the breathtaking splendour of the mountains, and have lunch at the highest pub in Africa. Return Durban late afternoon.
  • Welcome Tourism Services-The Drakensberg Mountains ( Classic Overland Tours )
    Ian specializes in tours to the Drakensberg region. Like a 4x4 trail up Sani Pass,  Africa's highest Mountain Pass. His tours are flexible with daily departures. He is an experienced and knowledgeable, expert guide with a small vehicle and very personalized service. Ian is perfect for those of you who like that individual personal attention.
  • Drakensberg Adventure operated by Southern Circle Tours and Safaris ( Overland Safari )
    The Drakensberg is the country's grandest mountain range and at its highest where it runs through KwaZulu-Natal. The name literally means 'Dragon' and it is derived from the breathtaking high jagged basalt cliffs bearing a similarity to the back of a dragon. The local Zulu people call it the 'UKhahlamba' (Barrier of the Spears). In this tour we blend the sights of the mountain with a game park to see some of the wild animals found here when wildlife still roamed freely in the area. The tour is also designed for the person who wants the opportunity to explore the mountain on foot. We visit a cave with some of the best preserved ancient rock art in the country. We take leisurely walks around the Sentinel area and enjoy breathtaking views into the Amphitheatre. For those very energetic souls, a stiff walk and 100 meter chain ladder leads to the top of the mountain where you can watch the kilometer long Tugela Falls plummeting over basalt cliffs.
  • Treks, Trips & Trails ( Personalised Tours )
    Treks, Trips & Trails do not have standard tours. Magda will put together the tour of your choice- anything from day trips, which may include a bush brunch, to extended trips into Lesotho or the Drakensberg. Depending on your interests and time available they will customize the best possible 'safari' for you. It could be a trek into the Drakensberg mountains, a bird viewing trip up-river or perhaps game viewing on horseback where you ride amongst the wild animals- including rhinos. Whatever you choose, Treks, Trips & Trails will give you the African adventure you dream of.
  • Weldrew ( 4x4 trails and training )
    For those who want to explore the Central Drakensberg regions, whether in their own 4x4 vehicles or driven vehicles from Weldrew. This is also also anyone who wants to learn how to drive off road. Weldrew can arrange comfortable accommodation too
  • Mnweni Tours offers Drakensberg tours and Zululand tours. 
    This Drakensberg Tour operator is a vibrant company offering fun and exciting tours to the many beautiful places in Kwa-Zulu Natal including tours to the Drakensberg. There are tours to Game Parks to view the numerous game species of the African bush, trips in and around Durban such as township tours, tours to authentic rural Zulu villages, tours of Durban itself as well as tours of private game farms and Zulu dancing shows. They specialise in tours to the magnificent Drakensberg mountains, where you can visit Lesotho via Sani Pass (by road) or go hiking, sleeping in caves or tents out in the mountains. You will also be able to visit ancient Bushman paintings or horseback ride, and if you are looking for something more relaxed there is trout fishing on offer

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