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Saunter 7


Drakensberg to Clarens

The magnificent mountains that form the Drakensberg range are truly awe inspiring. Named after the Boer description, Dragon Mountains, they are known by the Zulu as the Barrier of Spears, uKhahlamba. It is largely unspoiled, long protected land to preserve its pristine beauty, its cultural wealth of San Bushmen paintings, wildlife and flora and it forms the source of many South African rivers. It runs for over 1000 km and rises to a height of 3482 m.

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.

Browse This Saunter's Listings

Giant’s Cup Wilderness Reserve

South Africa's premier fly fishing destination with 3 thatched, self catering cottages

cat-icon Goshen Farm, Drakensberg Gardens Resort Road, 3257, Drakensberg, KZN
cat-icon Cathedral Peak Wine Estate, Unnamed Rd, South Africa

Montusi Mountain Lodge****

Family owned and operated lodge with the best Amphitheatre Mountain views.

cat-icon D119, Northern Drakensberg, Bergville, South Africa. 3350

All Out Adventures Park

10 awesome outdoor adventures at one spectacular venue.

cat-icon Moeggestap Farm, off D119, Bergville

Sani Pass Tour- Roof of Africa Tours

Private 4x4 tours to remote and beautiful Drakensberg and Lesotho areas

cat-icon 1 Clayton Street, Himeville, 3256, South Africa

Wild Horses Mountain Lodge*****

Exclusive accommodation and intimate wedding venue facing the breathtaking expanse of Sterkfontein Dam

cat-icon Wild Horses Lodge, Sterkfontein Dam, Harrismith South Africa 9880

Wild Horses Lodge*****

Gem of a hideaway. A place to rest and restore your spirit

cat-icon Wild Horses Lodge, Sterkfontein Dam, Harrismith South Africa 9880

Zimele Original Ceramics

Inspired by nature and shaped by hand

cat-icon Kwethu Children's Village, 61390 Injesuthi Clinic Road, Gourton, Loskop, Central Drakensburg

Rolling M Ranch***

A unique family farm experience!

cat-icon Skietdrift District Road, Winterton

The Forest Retreat Spa

Feel truly rejuvenated and pampered in our beautiful fern forest spa.

cat-icon District Road D119, End of D119, Northern Drakensberg, Bergville, 3350

Antbear Eco Lodge****

Overnight in a luxury cave in the Drakensberg Mountains

cat-icon Fernhurst Farm, 3310, Emhubeni, Central Drakensberg

Three Tree Hill****

Quintessential African lodge to explore the northern Drakensberg or Anglo Boer war battles

cat-icon Rhenosterfontein Farm, Bergville, 3770

Malachite Manor****

Luxury boutique lodge in the Southern Drakensberg

cat-icon Malachite Manor, Old Drakensberg Gardens Road, Underberg, Southern Drakensberg

Rockwood Earth Lodge

One of the best locations in the Drakensberg with uninterupted mountain views

cat-icon 3 Highlands Estate, Cathkin Park, Champagne Valley, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Mackaya Bella Country Lodge****

Secluded, intimate, privately owned and run lodge near Monks Cowl

cat-icon Rood Farm, Portion 3, R600, Cathkin Valley, Drakensberg, Kwa-Zulu Natal
cat-icon Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Resort, uKahlamba Drakensberg Park, Drakensberg