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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.

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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

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

Bahati Tree Lodge

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

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

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

Mountain Splendour Eco Resort

Camping, glamping and caravaning under trees with Berg views

cat-icon Annasrust Farm, D19, Cathkin Park, Winterton, 3340
cat-icon 531 Sias Oosthuizen Street, Clarens, 9707, South Africa


Upmarket country dining

cat-icon Corner of Church Street and Van Zyl Street, Clarens, 9797, Free State

Bonnie’s Jewellery Thokozisa

Well designed Southern African jewellery and acessories

cat-icon Thokozisa Centre, R600, Champagne Valley, Winterton, 3340

Patcham Place****

Comfortable with lovely outlooks within walking distance to Town Square.

cat-icon 30 Church St, Clarens, 9707, South Africa

Macedonia Cheese Company

Fine cheeses, made with the best additive free cows milk.

cat-icon 3 Cedarwood Shopping Centre, 3340, Central Drakensberg

Drakensberg Brewery

A craft beer brewery producing pure mountain brew in the Champagne Valley

cat-icon Hangar 7, El Mirador Airfield, R600, Cathkin Park, 3340

Drakensberg Chocolate Memories

Chocolate factory offering FREE tasting and serving mouth-watering chocolate delicacies

cat-icon Berg Air Lifestyle Centre, El Mirador Airfield R600 Champagne Valley, Cathkin Park, 3340

Gypsy Guesthouse and Gypsy Wagons

Experience GLAMPING in real GYPSY WAGONS. A Gypsy Guesthouse too!

cat-icon 101 Malherbe Street, Clarens, Orange Free State, 9707, South Africa

Sani Mountain Lodge

Eco-lodge in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg on top of Sani Pass

cat-icon Sani Mountain Lodge, Mkhomazi Wilderness area, Lesotho