Drakensberg hiking and sightseeing tour – 3 day package:
uKhahlamba Drakens’Berg’, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Africa’s highest mountain range south of Kilimanjaro, and the largest and most concentrated series of rock art paintings in Africa – making it a World Heritage site of both natural and cultural significance. Both the Zulu name uKhahlamba (barrier of spears) and the Afrikaans name Drakensberg (dragon mountain) fit the formidable horizon created by the range situated just outside Durban, KwaZulu Natal. A massive basaltic cap set on a broad base of sedimentary rocks belonging to the Stormberg series of 150 million years ago, the mountains are South Africa’s main watershed. For more than 4 000 years they were home to the indigenous San/Bushmen people, who created a vast body of rock art – the largest collection in Africa. “The site’s diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally threatened species, especially birds and plants.”
Drakensberg Hiking and sightseeing Tour –3 Day package Itinerary:
Join us on a Tour of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal a mere 2.5 – 3 hours drive away from the city of Durban you can experience this majestic and mostly untouched Mountain range. Visit San/Bushmen Rock Art some of which dates back 28000 years, Hike to great peaks like Cathedral Peak or take shorter hikes or 2-3 hours for those who just want to enjoy the beauty of the mountain. The Drakensberg has it all for all fitness levels and types of people. The Royal Natal national park even has a wheelchair friendly stroll to the beautiful Cascades!
Day 1: Drakensberg hiking and sightseeing Tour
We begin the Drakensberg Tour in Durban where your guide will collect you from your hotel/B&B or Guesthouse and drive you the 2.5 – 3 hours into the Drakensberg.
You will be educated on the History of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, the different population groups and how they all came to be here!
Once we get closer to the Drakensberg Mountain range your guide will inform you of the history of the area and speak more on the San-Bushmen which lived in these mountains more than 30 000 years ago.
Upon arrival at the Central Drakensberg home to Cathedral Peak 3004 meters high we will stop for some lunch and check you in to the lovely Didima Valley. Here the rooms with a fireplace are shaped like the Eland Antelope the San-Bushmens Totem animal!
After you have settled in your guide will take you on a gentle hike for a couple hours to Doreen Falls which has a beautiful cliff overhang where the San-Bushmen may have slept during the cold winter nights in the Drakensberg. – Please note hike can be adjusted to the client’s needs and fitness levels.
Upon our return we will have some time to rest before a lovely Dinner in the Restaurant.
After dinner it is time for bed where you can enjoy your fireplace and a bottle of wine.
The Stars in the Drakensberg are amazing!
Day 2: Drakensberg hiking and sightseeing Tour
We wake up with the majestic Cathedral peak baring down upon us, a staggering 3004 meters high.
After Breakfast we visit the Northern Drakensberg and Royal Natal National Park, 1 – 1.5 hours drive.
Here we will take a hike up to some 800 year old San-Bushman paintings (45 minutes round trip).
After this we will head for a 2,5 -3 hour hike or a hike to your liking in the Royal Natal National Park before we have some lunch in the area.
We will return to Didima.
The late afternoon spent enjoying the lodge and stunning views of the Drakensberg Mountain range.
Dinner will be served and again the warmth of your rooms’ fire with a view of the stars will keep you going till morning!
Day 3: Drakensberg hiking and sightseeing Tour
We begin with breakfast at the lodge.
Check out and then visit the San – Bushman Rock art Museum on site before we depart for the Midland meander of KwaZulu – Natal.
On route we will visit the Nelson Mandela Capture site and Museum as well as Howick falls a 100 meter high waterfall situated in this quant little village.
We will stop for Lunch in the Village and a look around the antique shops before departing for Durban.
We should arrive back in Durban at about 4-5 pm but this can be adjusted to your needs.
Includes: Pick up and drop off in Durban and surrounding areas, Guided experience for the 3 days, Accommodation at Didima in Chalet, Breakfasts and dinners, Conservation Levies, entrances to: Bushman Museum, Mandela capture site & museum as well as Bushman painting hike. All hikes will be guided.
Excludes: Lunches, tips and items of a personal nature.
Price: R7600 per person sharing – Minimum of 2 clients to run this Tour.
Solo Traveler rate: R12500
Please note: Lunch is not included in the price quoted. We do provide bottled mineral water.