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The Drakensburg


The name Drakensburg is derived from the Afrikaans name Drakensberger meaning dragon mountains. The length of the range is over a 1000kms with the highest peak reaching 11424 feet or 3482metres. The Drakensburg escarpment stretches from the Eastern Cape Province in the south and ends near Tzaneen in Limpopo province. The mountains are rich in plant life and 2153 plant species are found there. In addition the Drakensburg is home to 299 recorded bird species. Many streams and rivers generate in the Drakensburg including the source of the Orange and Tugella Rivers. The Orange is the longest Southern African River.  Also found in the mountains is the Tugella Falls which is the second highest water fall in the world with a total drop of 947metres. Climate conditions are wet and cool at the higher altitudes and snow fall is experienced during most winters.

South African and international visitors have a wide range of holiday experiences open to them. These range from game parks to desserts to a 3751km coastline and the majestic Drakensburg mountains to holiday in.
One of the most popular areas within the mountain range is central berg which is conveniently situated less than an hour from the main N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban. This area has dozens of resorts including top quality hotels, self catering cottages and cosy mountain lodges. All of these are available within 2½ to 3 hours drive from Johannesburg or Durban and many offer facilities such as golf, tennis, squash, bowls, horse-riding, fishing, mountain hiking and just great relaxation and cuisine.
Contact us with regard to self catering accommodation at the Drakensburg Sun in 30 well equipped self catering chalets serviced daily and full resort facilities for the whole family.