Regions

4 regionsFor the purpose of understanding the Drakensberg and its attractions clearly, we can divide the range in three parts. The first of them is Northern Drakensberg that comprises Royal Natal National Park, Amphitheatre, Rugged Glen Nature Reserve, Mont-aux-Sources, Singati Valley, Ifidi, Mnweni & Ntonjelana valleys, the Mnweni cutback, Mponjwane, and the Saddle.

The Central Drakensberg or Berg comprises of Mlambonja Wilderness Area, Cathedral Peak, Ndumeni, Organ Pipes, Ndedema Gorge, Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, Cathkin Peak, Monk's Cowl, Champagne Castle, Injasuti, and Giant's Castle Game Reserve.

The Southern Drakensberg has Mkhomazi Wilderness Area, Loteni, Highmoor, Kamberg, Vergelegen, Sani Pass, Mzimkhulu Wilderness Area, Mzimkhulwana Nature Reserve, Garden Castle, Rhino, Bushman's Nek, Giant's Cup Hiking Trail, Sehlabathebe National Park, Thomathu, Devil's Knuckles, and Ramatseliso's Nek.

Drakensberg Regions

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AmaZizi Traditional Authority Area

AmaZizi Traditional Authority Area

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The AmaZizi Traditional Authority Area which includes the the Busingatha, Okhombe and Obanjaneni wards and is situated between Royal Natal Reserve and The Amangwane Traditional Authority Area, commonly referred to as Mnweni which includes the Abhulesini, Kohkwane and Manzano wards. The AmaZizi Traditional Authority Ar ...
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The Sehlabathebe National Park is located in the Maloti Mountains in Qacha's Nek District, Lesotho, and is part of the larger Maloti-Drakensberg World Heritage Site. Home to both striking biological diversity as well as important cultural heritage, the park was first established on May 8, 1969. The landscape is domina ...
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Your starting point for the Chain Ladders, Sentinal Car Park. This entrance is run by Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD) and administered by Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge. The first 4km's of the 7km section of road after Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge to Sentinal Car Park is not in good condition and a 4x4 vehicle is a ...
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Amangwane Traditional Authority Area (Mnweni)

Amangwane Traditional Authority Area (Mnweni)

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This area is commonly referred to as Mnweni. The Amangwane Traditional Authority Area includes Abhulesini, Kohkwane and Manzano. The Mnweni Cultural and Hiking Centre, just past to the junction of the Tonyelane and Mnweni Rivers, is the gateway to all visits and hikes in the Mnweni area. The Centre is community-owned ...
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Bushmans Nek Nature Reserve

Bushmans Nek Nature Reserve

PO Box 378, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Situated in the Bushman's Nek Valley, wildlife commonly seen in the Bushman's Nek area is varied, and includes eland, reedbuck, grey rhebok, oribi and klipspringer, as well as dassie and porcupine. Jackal buzzard and black eagle may be seen soaring above the slopes. The streams are full of trout. Bushman's Nek also pr ...
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Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve (Didima)

Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve (Didima)

Private Bag X1, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Cathedral Peak (Didima) borders on the upper Thukela area in the north and east, Lesotho in the west and Monk's Cowl in the south and is 32 000 hectares in extent. The area contains the magnificent Didima Valley with its many examples of San Rock art, it is a hiker's paradise offering routes that range from a few hours ...
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Cobham Nature Reserve

Cobham Nature Reserve

PO Box 168, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Cobham is situated in the Southern Maloti-Drakensberg Park, South Africa’s first cultural and environmental World Heritage Site, and is approximately 150 km from Pietermaritzburg. The exceptional natural beauty of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site is evident in its soaring basaltic buttresses, golden sand ...
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Garden Castle Nature Reserve

Garden Castle Nature Reserve

PO Box 378, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Garden Castle is situated in the southern most section of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park. The reserve is a total of 35 300 ha in extent and offers the visitor a variety of experiences. Garden Castle forms part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park, South Africa’s first cultural and environmental World Heritage Site. The excepti ...
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Giant's Castle Nature Reserve

Giant's Castle Nature Reserve

Private Bag X7055, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Giants Castle Nature Reserve is located in the Central Drakensberg and is 34 638 ha in extent and ranges from 1 300 metres to 3 280 metres in altitude and is noted for its plentiful rock art. This area is home to the endangered majestic Bearded Vulture. The most popular activities are hiking, climbing, trout fishin ...
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Highmoor Nature Reserve

Highmoor Nature Reserve

PO Box 51, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Highmoor Nature Reserve is bordered by Kamberg and Lotheni to the South and Giants Castle to the North. Highmoor forms part of the Mkhomazi Wilderness Area and is approximately 14 749 hectares in extent and boasts a huge array of rare, endemic and endangered species. Visitors to Highmoor return again and again as ther ...
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Injisuthi Nature Reserve

Injisuthi Nature Reserve

Private Bag X7010, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Injisuthi is cradled between the Delmhlwazini and Old Woman streams at the head of the Injisuthi Valley, surrounded by Cathkin Peak, Monks Cowl and Champagne Castle. Injisuthi is a central pivot to the variety of hiking trails that lead across the mountains, north to Cathedral Peak and south to Giant's Castle. The Mde ...
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Kamberg Nature Reserve

Kamberg Nature Reserve

PO Box 72, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Kamberg Nature Reserve forms part of the Maloti- Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and is situated centrally in the foothills of the mountains. The reserve was proclaimed in 1951 and is 6 300 ha in extent. This reserve is particularly scenic, with a number of walks throughout the area.   The natural landscape ...
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Lotheni Nature Reserve

Lotheni Nature Reserve

PO Box 14, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Situated in the southern section of the Maloti Drakensburg Park, Lotheni is noted for its magnificent scenery and hiking. The reserve is 3 984 ha in extent.  Situated in a spectacular section of the Maloti Drakensberg Park, the main activities revolve around mountain hiking with many scenic trails. The Emadundwini ...
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Monks Cowl Nature Reserve

Monks Cowl Nature Reserve

Private Bag X2, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Monks Cowl, taking its name from the peak sandwiched between the towering Champagne Castle and Cathkin mountains, is part of the 260 000 ha Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and is the access point to the Mlambonja and Mdedelo Wilderness Area. The Monk's Cowl Nature Reserve with its breathtaking vistas of sw ...
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Royal Natal Nature Reserve

Royal Natal Nature Reserve

Private Bag X1669, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Royal Natal National Park (Thendele, Mahai and Rugged Glen) was proclaimed in 1916 and contains some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Africa. The main feature is the world famous Amphitheatre, a rock wall approximately five km in length, and 500 m high. Above the amphitheatre is Mont-aux-Sources peak where, ...
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uMkhomazi Nature Reserve

uMkhomazi Nature Reserve

PO Box 105, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

uMkhomazi is situated in the southern part of the Central Drakensberg, 100 km from Pietermaritzburg. uMkhomazi is 6 000 ha in size and forms part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. The uMkhomazi section of the Maloti Drakensberg Park is one of the most isolated and least explored mountainous areas i ...
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Vergelegen Nature Reserve

Vergelegen Nature Reserve

PO Box 53, , KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Vergelegen is situated in the Southern Drakensberg and is 180 km north west of Pietermaritzburg. This section of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site is 21 000 ha in extent and lies in the upper Mkhomazi water catchment area. It is an important water production area. Hiking in Vergelegen is both scenic and ...
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