There are 3 areas within the KZN Drakensberg. The southern area around Underberg with the iconic Sani Pass to Lesotho, the central area radiating out from Cathkin Peak with lots of activities in the surrounding areas and the quieter northern section, with the world renowned Amphitheatre with its 1000 m sheer basalt cliffs. Most of the range falls within KZN but it has a section curving into the Orange Free State which The Saunter follows. So, our northern Drakensberg links via the Sterkfontein Dam Reserve to follow the ‘Berg to Golden Gate and then Clarens, just an hour to hour and a half’s drive away.
All along the ‘Berg are well marked paths to hike and enjoy wonderfully clear air and sparkling, transparent streams. The second longest waterfall in the world drops impressively from the escarpment. Hikes range from short easy walks to challenges of varying levels of difficulty. It is possible to reach almost to the very top without climbing ropes and the sense of achievement given the elevation versus the low lying valleys beneath, is huge.
The area is a paradise for fly-fishing, golf, water sport, horse riding, MTB, bird-watching, 4×4 drivers and more challenging sports such as rock climbing and abseiling. There are also wildlife sanctuaries to visit, exhilarating zip lines, and a spa in a lovely fern forest.
The Saunter gives you a superb choice of places to stay as you need to book ahead, so unusually, on this saunter, accommodation is a priority. You can stay in a cave, in 5 star luxury, in lovely 4* lodges, in good bed and breakfasts or self- cater in our specially chosen places. There are just a few very good artists and crafters with studios in the Berg but pretty Clarens is a creative hub. We will lead you to these painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewellery makers, leather workers and those who make delicious craft food and drink. Where artists from other saunters, have painted the Berg, we will share their work as the beauty of the area is such that artists love to paint and photograph here.