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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

House at Glengariff

Gracious farmhouse self catering with spectacular views.

cat-icon House of Glengariff, Pevensey Underberg District 3257

Verbena View

Self catering cottage in large private estate with lovely mountain views

cat-icon Cathkin Estate, Cathkin Park, South Africa

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

Mile High Vineyard and Cellar

Wine tastings, sales and restaurant in the wine cellar

cat-icon The Rose House, S 325, Clarens-Fouriesburg Road, R 711, District Fouriesburg 9725

Giant’s Castle Slack Packing

3 day luxury slack packing hike in the lower Drakensberg

cat-icon Fenhurst Farm, Giant's Castle Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal

Stone House Kitchen. Himeville

Artisinal country fare. Homemade, tasty and seasonal

cat-icon 47 Arbuckle Street, Himeville, KwaZulu-Natal, 3256, South Africa

Bahati Tree Lodge

Double story tree house enclosing a mature tree with stunning Berg views

cat-icon Plot 17, Bergvlei Farm, Champagne Valley, Winterton

ZuluWaters Game Reserve and Lodge*****

Exclusive private, eco game reserve and retreat in the Drakensberg

cat-icon ZULU WATERS GAME RESERVE, Mooi River, South Africa

Berg Weaving- Crafter studio.

Beautiful handwoven mohair products made in a studio in Himeville

cat-icon 47 Arbuckle Street, Himeville, South Africa

Stone House Antiques

Something for everyone, antique to modern collectables

cat-icon 47 Arbuckle Street, Himeville, South Africa

Berg Adventures- guide

Hiking adventures hor those who love mountains

cat-icon 99 Albert Street, Estcourt, 3310, South Africa

Clarens Dinosaurs

Bringing pre-history alive as you discover diosaurs and walk in their footsteps

cat-icon 1 Market Street, Clarens, South Africa

The Castle in Clarens

In a stunning setting, a world of Royalty, Fantasy and Luxury

cat-icon Bokpoort Farm, R712, Clarens, 9707

Moorcroft Manor Restaurant****

Al fresco or indoors, freshly prepared from the finest local ingredients

cat-icon Sani Road, Himeville, South Africa

Leopard’s Lair Lodge

Affordable farm acommodation with family atmosphere and agri-tourism experiences

cat-icon “Spitzkop” Farm, Lowlands, Estcourt, KawZulu Natal

Moorcroft Manor****

Luxury boutique country hotel in magnificent setting

cat-icon Sani Road, Himeville, South Africa

Aweh Ma Ady’s Coffee Shop

Our passion for food and people sum up our special place

cat-icon R600 Cathkin Peak, Central Drakensberg

French Cottage

A luxury self catering cottage in the mountains

cat-icon 491 Villiers Street, Clarens, Free State, 9707, South Africa

Baris Monger

Artisinal, award winning goats cheese made from goat milk and nothing else

Clarens Brewery

Good range of craft beers, crafted ciders, gins and liquors

cat-icon 326 Main Street, Clarens, Free State, South Africa

Inkunzi Cave, Zulu Hut and Diddly Squat

Experience Africa staying in a San cave, Zulu hut or eco squat

cat-icon 8 Highlands, Champagne Valley, Central Drakensberg, 3331
cat-icon 8 Highlands, Champagne Valley, Central Drakensberg, 3331

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