Declared a World Heritage Site in 2000, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is an open-air mountain museum where more than 30 000 examples of Bushman rock art can be viewed on the walls of caves.
Although not exactly part of the Midlands, the Drakensberg is an unmissable feature of KwaZulu-Natal. The park is a combination of sheer natural beauty and a wealth of biological diversity. The site's diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally threatened species, especially birds and plants.
Cosy inns, characterful hotels and wayside pubs create an ambience of comfort and country homeliness in the shadow of the Berg. It's an admired hiking destination, with an abundance of day walks and overnight hikes.
Adventure-seekers are never disappointed with a visit to the Berg. A host of different centres throughout the mountains and valleys offer thrilling experiences - including zip lines, paintball, and quad biking.
The Berg is divided into the southern, central and northern regions. The N3 national road between Durban and Johannesburg is well signposted to access routes for each of these regions.
When is the best time to visit the Drakensberg? The summer months, December to February, are best to make the most of the long days. The duration of your stay in the Berg should be at least a weekend, a week or more would be more beneficial and enable a well-rounded experience - camping, caravanning, hotels, B&Bs, guest lodges and farm stays are plentiful in and around the Berg.
What should you pack? Always pack thick socks, sturdy hiking boots, a woollen cap, jacket and water bottle.
Tel: +27 (0) 33 845 1999
To find out more about the Drakensberg, visit the Drakensberg Experience website.