Drakensberg and Midlands


From English countryside to South African berg


The Drakensberg Mountain Range provides a dramatic canvas of towering cliffs, deep gorges and rolling landscapes that forms the backdrop to the drama played out between such diverse cultures as the secretive Bushman, the fierce Zulu nation, the proud Boer and the military might of the English.

It is worth combining a visit to the Drakensberg with a scenic drive through the Midlands Meander - a stretch of lush countryside en route from Durban

The awe-inspiring basalt cliffs form a massive barrier separating KwaZulu Natal from the Kingdom of Lesotho. The only road access is via Sani Pass, which at the top, boasts the highest pub on Africa at 3000 metres above sea level.

Combining sheer natural beauty with a wealth of biological diversity, this 243 000 hectare mountainous region has been preserved and venerated for eons since the San people roamed these slopes. Tens of thousands of paintings depicting their daily life can be found on the rock faces, and in December 2000, the park finally received international recognition and was declared KwaZulu-Natal's second World Heritage Site after St Lucia Wetlands Park. 

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