A view from the top: Drakensberg mountains

The eastern boundary of the tiny Kingdom of Lesotho is formed by the Drakensberg Mountains. With peaks higher than 3000 meters this is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa. This vast playground for outdoor enthusiasts offers an ideal opportunity to get out of your rental car and become really active. In five days time you get to see two different places in the Drakensberg, travelling from the northern part to the southern part of the "Berg". There is also the possibility of making an excursion to the Sani Pass, the only road link in the Drakensberg between South Africa and Lesotho. This is not a travel module for travellers looking for entertainment, shopping malls and bustling cities. Instead, the Drakensberg offers rest, incredible views, great food, friendly people -and above all- excellent hiking trails.

Tour duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Price: From £ 364 per person for two adults sharing

Best time to visit: All year round

Day 1: St. Lucia / Phinda Game Reserve - Drakensberg north

Drakensberg luxury tour South Africa

With quite a driving disctance ahead, you start early this morning from St. Lucia or Phinda Private Game Reserve. You traverse the province of KwaZulu-Natal and pass some meadows en route that served as battlefields for the Anglo-Boer war early twentieth century. English colonists fought the Afrikaners (descendants of Dutch settlers) in some gruesome battles in this area for power in South Africa . A bit further towards the Drakensberg the highest peaks start coming into sight, a beatiful foretaste of what is about to come. The first day of this travel module you stay in the northern part of the area, in a charming accommodation overlooking a characteristic mountain range called the "Amphitheatre". You are within easy driving distance of the Royal Natal Drakensberg Park. Peace, comfort, and above all space are keywords here. The accommodation is designed like a lodge: There is a central building, which includes the reception area and an excellent restaurant. Your overnight stay is in one of only fourteen cottages. The suites are spacious and all have a wonderful view of the Amphitheatre. There is a small riding school at the lodge where you can go for horse riding (even for absolute beginners). Breakfast and dinner are inclusive. (Driving distance 285 miles)

Hotel name: Montusi Mountain Lodge Hotel style: clean air spaciousness

Day 2: Drakensberg north

hiking walking Drakensberg South Africa

After breakfast and soaking up some of the fresh mountain, you have a bit of a luxury problem. What to do? There are opportunities to go hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing or perhaps go on a cultural excursion. Everything is possible. We highly recommend the Drakensberg hiking excursions which are organised from the lodge, which can be quite streneous. There are multiple options for visiting the Amphitheatre. The best option, in our opinion, depars from Royal National Park and takes about five and half hours. This walking trail, where you are being accompanied by expert guides, concentrates on the lower section of the Amphitheatre. The guide takes you to the Tugela Gorge (carved out by the Tugela River), the return walk is about 8.5 miles. En route you will come across a tunnel which you crawl through, a rope ladder and some large rocks that should be climbed. If temperatures are high, there is the chance of taking a refreshing dip in a mountain rock pool. So do bring a towel! At the end of the day you return to the lodge probably very tires, but also extremely satisfied.

Hotel name: Montusi Mountain Lodge Hotel style: clean air spaciousness

Day 3: Drakensberg north - Drakensberg south

view mountains Drakensberg

With some healty muscular pain left your Drakensberg journey continues to the southern part of the "Berg". The next beautiful accommodation is located close to the foot of the Sani Pass, the mountain road between South Africa and Lesotho. Also in the southern Drakensberg there are many activities available. Rooms are classic and elegantly decorated, they provide a very romantic atmosphere. You will have no trouble sleeping here in the king-size beds. The rooms are equipped with bathroom, television and coffee/tea making facilities. All rooms provide stunning views over the mountains. Activities range from horseback riding, walking trails, mountain biking or scenic flights in a microlight aircraft. Naturally, a perfect start of your day includes a sumptuous breakfast. (Driving distance 186 miles)

Hotel name: Qambathi Mountain Lodge Hotel style: classic mountain retreat

Day 4: Drakensberg south

sani pass South Africa Lesotho

Today you have a full day to spend at your discretion. Our Chic! tip is to travel to the top of the Sani Pass. It is inaccessible for regular 2x4 cars, so you can join a day trip accompanied by a professional guide and a four-wheel drive car. Sani Pass is a truly magnificent piece of road engineering and an attraction in itself. At the bottom of the pass you pass the South Africa border, after which the driver slowly starst ascending the steep unpaved road. En route you see the scenery change to an almost surreal moonlike landscape. Arrived at the top you'll pass through Lesotho customs (so bring your passport) and find a remarkable restaurant. Welcome to the highest restaurant in Southern Africa. Enjoy a cup of coffee while overlooking Lesotho on the one side, and South Africa on the other. After return to the lodge there is time to relax, followed by dinner in the restaurant.

Hotel name: Qambathi Mountain Lodge Hotel style: clas sic mountain retreat

Day 5: Drakensberg south - Durban

interior hotel Drakensberg

This luxury Drakensberg tour ends today. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to the impressive "barrier of spears". You follow the oradin southeasterly direct, to the city of Durban. From here you can fly to Johannesburg and catch a flight back to the UK. Better still, we recommend continuing your luxury South Africa holiday by catching a flight to either George or Port Elizabeth. From here you can start with our luxury travel module "Garden Route essentials" (Driving distance to Durban 136 miles)

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