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New for 2019! Enter the spectacular Drakensberg “Mountains of Dragons” for a treasure trove of alpine flora featuring over 2200 species & many endemics!   

The Drakensberg Mountains feature the largest areas of alpine zone in Africa, with world-famous scenery such as the Sani Pass and Golden Gate National Park. It is a sublime mix of rugged peaks, scarps, pinnacles, forest, waterfalls and rivers. Because of its range of plant life and the richest collection of San rock paintings in Africa, it has been declared a World Heritage Site. And it isn’t just great for flowers, there is plenty of other wildlife interest, including Bearded Vultures,  Drakensberg Rock-jumpers and the stunning Bush Beauty butterfly!

The spectacular and ancient uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range is Southern Africa’s highest range, peaking at 3,475 metres and stretching for more than 1,000km from northeast to southwest across the landscape.

In Zulu the range is known as uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, which does justice to its dramatic basalt buttresses. Early settlers called it the Drakensberge, because they believed it resembled a dragon’s back.

Geologically the mountain comprises a sandstone layer covered by a 1,400-metre-thick basalt layer. This make-up has created hundreds of caves and overhangs where the ancient San people, who roamed freely in the region some 4, 000 years ago, have left their mark in the form of more than 30,000 paintings in an estimated 600 caves.

Accommodation: The standard of accommodation in this area has increased dramatically over the last few years. Witiseshoek Mountain Lodge has been completely rebuilt at a very high standard, and Sani Pass has an upgraded Sani Mountain Lodge. The Golden Gate Hotel is also excellent. At the bottom of Sani Pass our accommodation in Underberg is in very comfortably country bed & breakfast. Giants Castle has excellent and comfortable “rondawel” accommodation set on a ridge above a river.

Weather: It is mid-summer in the Drakensberg and a wide range of temperatures can be expected. It can be hot at lower altitudes (up to 30C), but most of our time will be at medium to high altitudes where it will be milder and often cold in the evenings. At higher altitudes, it is often warm in the direct sun but otherwise cool if there is a breeze. We can expect some rain, most of which falls in very dramatic late afternoon and night thunderstorms.

Passport requirements: Please ensure you have at least 2 – 3 blank pages in your passport as you will be denied entry to South Africa unless you have 1 blank page, and you need space for the visit to Lesotho.

UK passport holders do not need a visa to enter South Africa or Lesotho but if you are traveling on the passport of another country then please check the requirements

Health and fitness: The highest altitude we will reach on this tour is 3250m above seal level. You will need to be reasonably fit to derive maximum enjoyment from this tour. However, much of the flora can be found close to the roadsides and if you are comfortable to sometimes remain at the vehicles or lodgings while we do some of the longer walks then that should be possible.

This promises to be a fantastic and very popular tour – we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!


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