Four Day Drakensberg Mountain Experience*

A four day getaway in the Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal. Experience the tranquillity, rejuvenation, and adventure of the Drakensberg. Walk, hike, and drive through these scenic mountains from the foothills to its breath-taking peak. This four day guided tour in the Drakensberg Mountains offers unforgettable scenery and once in a lifetime adventure. An exhilarating 4x4 drive on the exclusive Sani Pass route takes you across the border into the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and to the peak of the Drakensberg. A fully guided mountain cave experience to explore ancient San Rock Art, and to spend the night in a mountain cave used by indigenous people for thousands of years. Clear your head in the picture perfect Kamberg Valley, and swim in streams under natural showers of gentle waterfalls. Scroll down for full details.

*Requires a valid passport. Please contact us for visa requirements.

Where do we go?

• Underberg

On route from Durban to the Drakensberg peak, we stop in Underberg, a picture perfect town in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg. Here we visit a local store that sells the iconic traditional Basotho blankets that are worn in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

• Sani Pass

A breath-taking experience that makes you feel like you're on top of the world! Sani Pass, located on the western border of KwaZulu-Natal and the Kingdom of Lesotho, is the exclusive route that makes a spectacular drive up to the top of the Drakensberg possible. The summit of the Sani Pass crosses the peak of the Drakensberg reaching an altitude of 2876m (or 9400ft) above sea level. The gravel winding dirt roads permit only 4x4 vehicles to ascend the 9km pass. Lunch is served at the Highest Pub in Africa! And the drive down the pass is full of beautifully captivating hills and valleys.

• Kamberg Valley

Best described as heavenly, Kamberg Valley lies at the heart of the Drakensberg Mountains. An afternoon spent unguided in the peace and tranquillity of these valleys where wild flowers and sunset reflections in the river make the perfect place for clearing your head and rejuvenating the soul. Surrounded by mountains, this is one of the most scenic places in the country, and its where this mountain tour spends the night star gazing. The fresh Berg air and the breath-taking sunrise of the next morning make for the perfect start to the next adventure.

• Kamberg Nature Reserve (Ancient Rock Art, Hikes & An Overnight stay in a Cave)

Kamberg Nature Reserve with its picturesque views, hills, and valleys is home to the Game Pass Shelter Cave. The region is known for its collection of mysterious ancient San Rock Paintings. The site is understated as it holds arguably the best preserved San Rock Art or Bushmen Cave Paintings in the Drakensberg region. To see the rock art, we take a moderate 8km return hike with the first 3kms increasing gradually in height while the last km is fairly steep, and the return trip is mostly downhill on the same path. A local guide interprets the cave paintings to impart wisdom and understanding of the ancient culture. On another day, we hike for 5kms for an overnight adventure in one of the ancient caves that were used by indigenous people for thousands of years. The scenery is captivating with gorgeous streams and small waterfalls in which one can swim.

• Local Kamberg Village and Homestead

A visit with local villagers in their homestead just outside the Kamberg Reserve adds context and cultural experience to the tour. It includes a traditional meal in the homestead in the company of people who call this beautiful mountain range home.

• Local Traditional Healer

An authentic cultural opportunity to meet and talk with a local traditional healer who would be happy to share his experiences of life in the village in the past (apartheid) era, as well as in the current context.

• Nelson Mandela Capture Site

The Nelson Mandela Capture site marks the beginning of Madiba's historic 27 years in prison. The iconic world-renowned sculpture is a powerful symbol of the long walk to freedom that made this South African freedom fighter the first democratic President of South Africa, ending a long struggle against the apartheid era.

• Howick Falls & Community Craft Market

Howick Falls or "Place of the Tall One" is a 95m waterfall, and is the second highest waterfall in South Africa. Legend has it that the rock pool at the bottom of this falls is home to a monster called the Inkanyamba. There is an informal community craft market with locally made crafts in the area.

Is this the tour for me?

  • Yes, I have At Least 4 Full Days Available to tour (If you have less than 4 full days that's okay – check out our other options or talk to us!)
  • Yes, I want to visit The Drakensberg Mountains
  • Yes, I want to Reach the Peak of the Drakensberg Mountains in a 4x4 Adventure Experience
  • Yes, I want to Hike in the Drakensberg Mountains
  • Yes, I want to Spend a Night in a Cave in the Mountains
  • Yes, I like Nature, Beautiful Scenery, and Wide Open Spaces
  • Yes, I am interested in History, Culture, or Traditional Medicine
  • Yes, I want to Meet Local People and have first-hand experiences in the community
  • Yes, I'm interested in Photography
  • Yes, I'm interested in Star Gazing
  • Yes, I want to support attractions with Community Participation
  • Yes, I'd like to see or purchase Handmade African Souvenirs and support Sustainable Tourism

What did others say?

"Our guide was very well planned, but flexible. Very knowledgeable about a wide range of topics.
He definitely knows how to pack well and to minimize weight for hikes.
As we were less than fit hikers, he was very accommodating to our speed.
Saw some rare species of animals as well as the beautiful Drakensberg Mountains.
Camped in a cave overhang beside a waterfall and pool – great swim...
We had a wonderful time!
Thanks, we hope to have you with us again. It was a pleasure."

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What's included in the tour package?

  • Pick up and drop off within the Durban metro area
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport in an air-conditioned 4x4
  • Accommodation x3 nights
    • Private Luxury Farmhouse Lodge in a Mountain Valley
    • Private Luxury Farmhouse Lodge in a Mountain Valley
    • Camping in a Cave in the Mountains
  • Breakfast x4 days
    • Morning coffee/tea & muffin
    • Continental Breakfast
    • Morning coffee/tea & muffin
    • Morning coffee/tea, muffin & breakfast snacks
  • Lunch x4 days
    • Restaurant – Highest Pub in Africa
    • Traditional lunch with villagers in homestead
    • Brunch snacks on hike
    • Restaurant en route to Durban
  • Dinner x3 nights
    • Traditional South African Potjie in the mountains (a stew slow cooked in a cast iron pot on a fire)
    • Traditional Braai (Barbeque) in the mountains
    • Dinner in a Cave in the Mountains
  • Limited Alcoholic Drinks
  • Equipment for Camping & Hiking
  • Bottled water
  • Local snacks
  • Use of binoculars
  • Fully attending experienced tour guide

How long will we need?

  • 4 days

What can I add on?

• Fly Fishing with Local Guide

Try your hand at fly fishing, and enjoy some flavourful trout with a passionate local fly fishing fanatic. Explore the rivers and streams of Kamberg with a local guide who grew up with these landscapes forming his back yard.

So when can we leave?

We look forward to our pre-planning chat, so we can build in your preferences and requirements into your itinerary.

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