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Location: South Africa Lesotho

uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park

uKhahlamba or Drakensberg Park is a dramatic and spectacular mountain landscape. With deep river valleys. Rocky gorges, waterfalls, grasslands and forests, it's an area of exceptional natural beauty and a great destination for hiking and trekking. The park is also home to the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in Africa south of the Sahara, made by the now extinct San people over 4,000 years.

Lesotho Drakensburg Mountains

The Drakensburg Mountains are a spectacular mountain range encompassing eastern Lesotho and across the border in South Africa. Within Lesotho lies the highest mountain in Africa south of Kilimanjaro - Thabana Ntlenyana at 3,482 metres. The summit can be reached with a strenuous and challenging day long trek. For an easier option, the beautiful Hodgson’s Peak lies at 3,257 metres.

Travel to Drakensburg Mountains

Organised group tours: The following tours for Drakensburg Mountains are available:


Details and Booking

Tour Map of Drakensberg and Kruger Walking Safari

Drakensberg and Kruger Walking Safari

£1690

excl. flights

11 days

Many of our Adventure Touring trips include day walks.  May of these day walks are optional and whilst we hope that all participants will join in, they are definitely not compulsory. Day walks are defined as 1-6 hour walks, which may include a city tour, exploration of some ruins, a jungle boardwalk or on certain trips, a more demanding day hike. Some trips include more day walks than others, and we recommend you refer to the trip notes to assess whether this is the trip for you.

Whether it be in Nepal's Chitwan National Park spotting the Asian Rhino or Bengal Tiger; in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater admiring the plethora of pink flamingo; in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park viewing the two-toed sloth; in Antarctica getting up-close to penguins; or in Rwanda witnessing the impressive mountain gorillas, World Expeditions takes you to some of the world's best wildlife sanctuaries. Depending on the location, a Wildlife Safari requires a keen eye and patience! At all wildlife viewing opportunities you will have an experienced guide along with you to provide commentary and insight. Bring your binoculars!

Our diverse range of natural history and cultural adventures combine our expert knowledge of remote regions with our ability to devise exhilarating journeys. There is little or no camping on these trips while at night we stay at comfortable hotels, local inns or well-appointed lodges. On these journeys you may enjoy the local hospitality of the inns in the remote countryside of Japan, explore a Buddhist monastery deep in the mountains of Tibet or delve into the history of the Great Game in Kashgar, China.

Drakensberg and Kruger Walking Safari

The north east of South Africa is a region blessed with dramatic mountains and world class game. There is no better way to combine both on this exciting walking safari. The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in South Africa, known in Zulu as the 'Barrier of Spears', where towering peaks and pinnacles resemble spears. Spectacular canyons, cliffs, near vertical escarpments and gullies form an ideal terrain for the keen walker wishing to explore and scramble through this rugged wonderland on a series of day walks from our comfortable hotel bases. The highlight of the trip is the strenuous ascent of the Amphitheatre before heading to a private reserve on the boundary of the Kruger Park. There is no tarmac here and this is real bush and big game country. Elephants and other game roam through our comfortable, but basic, bushcamp where we are established for 3 nights. Viewing wildlife on foot with our expert game trackers and armed rangers offers simply a breathtaking safari experience like no other. In the afternoon we combine game walks with game drives, take a break for sundowners as the African sun fades and enjoy a night game drive back to a hearty supper and warm campfire.


Details and Booking

Trek the Drakensberg and Cape Town

£1695

excl. flights

13 days

With over 200 holidays to choose from, KE Adventure Travel has one of the very best collections of trekking and walking holidays worldwide. Graded on a scale from 1 to 12, we have holidays to suit everyone. Our tougher treks are likely to involve multi-day hikes through wilderness regions, with porter support and tented accommodation. Whilst at the other end of the scale, our softer walking holidays are more likely to be hotel or lodge-based with a day-walk format and an emphasis on uncovering the area's history, culture and cuisine. From our earliest days we've developed a range of treks that include celebrated classics such as Peru's Inca Trail trek, the ascent of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and the ever popular Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Alongside these, we have always made it a priority to seek out distinctive and unique itineraries in less familiar areas such as Armenia, Cameroon, Madagascar and Burma. Whichever of our trekking or walking holidays you choose to undertake, you can be sure you'll enjoy breaking out of your day-to-day routine and exploring exotic landscapes on foot, with the chance to experience different cultures.

Trek the Drakensberg and Cape Town

This adventure holiday in South Africa starts with a few days in Cape Town before we travel to the Drakensberg for a superb, challenging, 6 day trekking traverse of these dramatic mountains. We have a busy, but beautiful, 4 days in Cape Town walking up Table Mountain, exploring the Cape Peninsula with its lighthouse and famous Cape of Good Hope and of course the Penguins at Simonstown. The day before we travel to the north we have a day exploring the winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschoek, with a bit of winetasting - delicious! The second section of this adventure is trekking across the Drakensberg from Royal Natal National Park, one of the most northerly points, to the southwest and the world famous, majestic Cathedral Peak (3005m). We start with the dramatic cliffs of the Amphitheatre and the exposed chain ladders to bring us onto the escarpment and the impressive Thukela Falls. With porter support, from the local Zulu community, we camp on the escarpment, providing a real ‘out there' experience and also allows us to enjoy the ever-changing views of rock formations such as 'Madonna and her Worshippers' and the Mnweni Pinnacles. With its airy pathways and sections of scrambling, the ascent of Cathedral Peak makes a suitably exciting finale to this fantastic trekking holiday. Our last night is spent in the traditional village of the local porters seeing if we can learn some of their fabulous dances (optional!!). This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!