Southern Drakensberg View from Bushman's Neck Courtesy Underberg Studio

The Drakensberg

It was proclaimed World Heritage site in 2000, South Africa’s first premier mountain wilderness and cultural site, on the border of SA and Lesotho and is mostly a vast national park, called now the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. This spectacular natural landscape also has many rock shelters, containing the largest and most concentrated group of San/Bushmen paintings (more than 6000 sites and featuring 22 000 paintings) in Africa, south of the Sahara. These were created by the San people over a period of at least 4000 yrs.

The highest range in Southern Africa, the “Dragon Mountains” or the “ Barrier of Spears”, reach their highest peaks along the border with Lesotho. The Mountain Range is actually an escarpment separating a high interior plateau from the coastal lowlands of Natal, and is the source of many streams, rivers and waterfalls which ultimately flow out in the sea.

The breath taking scenery of massive mountain peaks, rock structures, wide grasslands, and magnificent waterfalls, majestic rivers, pools and fern-carpeted forests – the Drakensberg is untouched, wild, unpopulated and unrivalled. It’s a paradise for hiking and fishing, reachable through Lotheni,  Cobham, or Giant’s Castle.

The Southern Drakensberg

The most outstanding highlight is the hair-rising Sani Pass, the steep, abrupt hairpins that twist to the top of the escarpment to the highest point in Southern Africa reachable by wheels, starting at Underberg and Himeville. This is the only 4WD track into Lesotho from Kwa Zulu Natal. The pass it self, an experience of a life time, zigzags into the clouds, and draws increasingly more visitors from all over the world, to the “Roof of Africa”. An organised Tour with qualified operators or a 4WD, and a valid passport is required to conquer this magnificent pass, that once was a riverbed that started in Lesotho winding itself down to the sea. For accommodation and fully inclusive tours visit or email

Luxury Accommodation - Amazian Mountain
River Lodge

Spoil yourself like Cleopatra did with a Gourmet  Food and Wine Experience  

Experience the opposite end of Cathedral peak in the Southern Drakensberg with a trip up Sani Pass. 

Should you wish to stay off the peaks and wonder into the Midlands Meander then Granny Mouse Country House would be a good recommendation  

The Wine gallery is situated in the heart of the Southern Drakensberg and offers a variety of private cellar wines and wine and food pairings

Kenmo Lake in Autumn


A warm welcome to all visitors to the Southern Drakensberg