6 Reasons to head to the Southern Drakensberg

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6 Reasons to head to the Southern Drakensberg

We recently ran a Southern Drakensberg competition where entrants needed to tell us all about their favourite season to visit the Southern Drakensberg. It turns out, not one season is a definite favourite.

We loved the responses:

Bronwyn Prinsloo My favourite season to visit would definitely be summer β˜€οΈ – a hot summers day – hiking up trails – drinking the fresh spring water πŸ’§ and even have a picnic out in the open under a shady tree 🌳 looking at the breathtaking views that the Drakensberg has to offer β›°– To end off with thunderstorms 🌩 in the evening with the one you love and a glass of red wine 🍷. What else could beat that ? 😍

Stacey Ellis-Clarke Winter without a doubt! While our gorgeous Southern Drakensberg is beautiful all year round, winter is when she really shines. Crystal clear skies, lakes like glass and air so clean you want to bottle it! Log fires and snuggling, unbeatable sunsets and family. Winter is the best season to enjoy the unrivalled beauty of the Drakensberg πŸ’™

Marlini Naidoo Spring is perfect for the Berg
Crisp clean spring air and cool breezes with the fragrance of flowers and the sounds of birds chirping and butterflies fluttering. A wonderful time to go horse riding, zip lining, quad biking and river rafting.
Great to spend time with family having picnics or hiking and mountain climbing taking in the picturesque beauty of nature in the berg and ending the days all relaxed

Candice Piek I love the Southern Drakensberg…
My favourite season to visit has to be Autumn
I love the changes in the trees, the colours are amazing, reds, oranges and yellows πŸπŸ‚πŸŒΎ
It’s not to hot and not too cold and those amazing clear Autumn days are the best to go exploring…

We went to the Southern Drakensberg to discover what the locals suggest every visitor to their area should explore when visiting.

Food Escapes:

Did you know you could enjoy a home-made ice-cream experience at Giants Cup Cafe & Craft.Β Ice-cream need we say more? You will find them on the Sani Pass road, 50 metres from Sani Backpackers Lodge. Definitely worth the stop either as a treat before braving Sani Pass or on your return.

Stretch your legs:

With an easy walk to Pillar Cave: Accessible from Garden Castle Nature Reserve, an easy walk +- 3 km’s allowing you wonderful opportunities to dip in the river along the route and incredible views of the majestic Rhino Horn. The cave is large with ample space toΒ enjoy a picnic or a sleepover. Overnighters do need to pre-book with KZN Wildlife.

Pillar Cave

With a moderate walk to‘The Marching Men’: AΒ 14km hike, takes you to the Khanti paintings. Beautiful rock art, of a large number of male human figures.

Coffee, trail run, cycle, a meal, shop and kids entertainment all in one space. How is that for a day’s outing without being strapped in the car for hours to get to each location? The Olde Duck, on the Drakensberg Gardens road, is a beautiful space to soak up the magnificent views of the Southern Drakensberg, enjoy a lazy breakfast or lunch, snooze under a tree whilst the kids entertain themselves inside the gates of the animal farm and then a promising shopping experience for both mom and little one later.

Giddy up Horsey:

With so much space, freedom of the mountains, exploration by horse is one of the best workouts one can do without too much cardio inspired action. Dragons Landing Horse Trails offers owner guided rides so you are assured of optimal safety and personal care at its highest level.

Dragons Landing Horse Trails

Brush up on your HISTORY!

At the Himeville Museum, open Tuesday to Sundays. From prison cells, post office, San rock art display and more, you can learn the humble beginnings of Himeville from this informative space.

Himeville Museum

Need a place to Stay?

Click on the title above to search for your ultimate accommodation stay in the Southern Drakensberg. You will find everything from Camping, Self-Catering, Bed and Breakfasts to catered Resort accommodation!

accommodation in the Southern Drakensberg

Are you interested in learning more about the Southern Drakensberg and the magical experience you can entertain your family with. Click on the link to guide you to more of the Southern Drakensberg’s best-kept secrets. Be inspired visually by following the Southern Drakensberg Tourism Association’s Instagram page @southerndrak


Lori Voss


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