The joy of a visit to the Drakensberg is that it has such a broad appeal. It’s great for family holidays, romantic getaways, conferences, school groups and guests visiting from abroad. Besides the abundance of excellent and varied accommodation, the activity list is endless, ranging from old favourites, like hiking and horse riding, to extreme adventures and helicopter rides.
Those seeking an active holiday are spoilt for choice. The ‘Berg boasts some of SA’s best hikes, for all levels of fitness. The horse riding opportunities abound, and in many instances no previous experience is necessary. Many operators offer more than just a 1-hour trail ride, with sunset rides, full day excursions or even overnight rides. Golfers have access to spectacularly situated 9 or 18 hole courses, and those seeking something out of the ordinary can visit one of the adventure centres in the area and enjoy giant swings, cable tours, quad biking or even flying trapeze! Fisherman can throw a line in stocked trout dams, or even enjoy some river fishing. The ‘Berg is a mountain bikers paradise, with great family rides and a couple of trails to challenge even the most intrepid cyclists.
If a less physically taxing holiday appeals, there are no shortage of beautiful places to relax with a picnic and a good book. Helicopter flips can be arranged to many of the Drakensberg peaks, for a occasion or just to enjoy the view. Animal lovers can enjoy game viewing in the surrounding nature reserves, or visit a bird of prey sanctuary for an informative presentation and some close encounters with an amazing assortment of birds. Art and craft collectors will be delighted with the work produced in the area the interesting shops provide the perfect souvenir of your holiday or gift for the unlucky mate who didn’t get to come along! Those who love a bit of pampering can visit one of the several spas or hair salons, and come away feeling like a million bucks, and foodies can enjoy one of the many quirky restaurants, all of which offer something special.
History and culture buffs won’t be disappointed either with the proximity to the battlefields and the collection of rock art which has afforded the region World Heritage Site status. The world-renowned Drakensberg Boys choir also makes it home in the area and the Wednesday afternoon concerts are truly inspirational.
Other activities are Trout & Bass Fishing, Horse Riding Trails, Bee Keeping Shows where the more daring can take part. You can also experience adventure sports, such as White Water Rafting, Canoeing, Quad and Mountain Biking, Archery & Canopy Tours.
• Trout & Bass Fishing, Northern Drakensberg
• Horse riding trails, Northern Drakensberg.
• Bee Keeping Shows, Scrumpy Jack’s
• Canoeing, Central Drakensberg
• Quad Biking, Northern Drakensberg
• Mountain Biking, Northern Drakensberg
• Helipcopter rides, Champagne Valley, Central Drakensberg