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THE DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS

Spectacular hiking in the mountains of KwaZulu Natal

As you approach the Drakensberg the view sends tingles down your spine. The great rock wall which the Zulus call the Barrier of Spears rises up before you, awe-inspiring jagged peaks rising to 3300m. Its scale is overwhelming, leaving even the most seasoned traveller speechless.

You are spending two weeks inside this walkers’ paradise, based in two very different centres - Cathedral Peak in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park and the family run Cavern Berg Resort on the edge of the Royal Natal National Park. Each centre has its own distinct beauty and character but both share the magnificent mountain views.

Cathedral Peak nestles into the hillside and is one of the best hotels we feature. Your walks can start directly from the hotel and head out onto the surrounding peaks and hills to the Doreen Falls, Neptune Pools and Rainbow Gorge to name but a few. It is a small ‘oasis’ set in the most stunning scenery. On the walks keep your eyes open for the 121 resident bird species.

At Cavern Berg you walk amongst fantastic flora and fauna, indigenous forests and equally spectacular scenery. The walks here have evocative names such as ‘Camel’s Hump via Cannibal Cavern’ and ‘The Silent Woman via Jackal Ridge’ You will see baboons roaming over the hills close to the Cavern and there are over 200 species of birds. We spend much of our time in the Royal Natal National Park where the San Bushmen have lived for over 5000 years. You will come across some of their ancient rock paintings on your walks.

On a couple of the days the walks may be nearer a grade 7. However there are alternative walks for those who do not wish to participate at this level.



WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent. These walks are in more remote areas such as the Alps or northern Portugal. Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.




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When we visit

Spring, Autumn

Length of stay

16 nights

Price from

£ 2420

"Beautiful country, excellent hotels, humid weather, wonderful wildlife."
April 2016
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    The Drakensberg Mountains (Grade 6)
    Date
    02 Mar 2017
    Nights
    16
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    GRADE 6
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    London (Heathrow)
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    The Drakensberg Mountains (Grade 6)
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    20 Mar 2017
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    16
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    GRADE 6
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    The Drakensberg Mountains (Grade 6)
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    07 Sep 2017
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    16
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    GRADE 6
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  • Itinerary
    02 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017

    Day 1 - In Flight
    Depart London Heathrow on the overnight British Airways flight to Johannesburg.

    Day 2 - Cathedral Peak
    On arrival in Johannesburg, we travel by road to the ‘Cathedral Peak Hotel’ in the Central Drakensberg region, where we shall spend our first week.

    Day 3 - Cathedral Peak
    Walking in the beautiful Mlambonia river valley surrounded by the majestic Drakensberg for the following six days.

    Day 9 - Cavern Berg
    We travel northwards to the ‘Cavern Berg Resort’ and the ‘Royal Natal National Park’ region, our base for the second week.

    Day 10 - Cavern Berg
    Exploring this breathtaking national park area, for the following six days. The Park acquired the ‘Royal’ title after a visit to the now demolished ‘National Park Hotel’ by the British Royal Family in 1947.

    Day 16 - In flight
    We return to Johannesburg for our overnight flight back to London.

    Day 17 - In flight
    Arrival in London.


  • Accommodation
    Cavern Drakensberg Resort, Drakensburg

    The Cavern Drakensberg Resort, set at 1500m on the edge of the Royal Natal National Park in the Drakensberg Mountains close to the magnificent Amphitheatre escarpment.

    Cathedral Peak Hotel, Drakensburg

    The Cathedral Peak Hotel, is a beautiful resort hotel in the shadow of Cathedral Peak, the highest mountain in the Drakensberg. Open since 1939, Cathedral Peak offers traditional combined with luxury accommodation with spectacular views. It's one of our most popular hotels.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • Half board en-suite accommodation and seven lunches.
    • Services of a dedicated leader.
    • A local guide to enhance your experience.
    • All local transport costs.

    Supplement for single room £170-£190


  • Holiday Highlights
    • Views of the Amphitheatre, one of the most impressive cliff faces on earth and the world’s second highest waterfall, the Tugela Falls.
    • Beautiful scenic walking in an untouched paradise staying in very different quality hotels.
    • We will have the services of a local guide in both centres to better explore this wonderful area.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c4hrs 30mins).
    • Flights Heathrow–Johannesburg (c11hrs), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available at discounted rates. Supplements vary so please contact us for a quote.

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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YOUR STORY STARTS HERE ...

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When we visit

Spring, Autumn

Length of stay

16 nights

Price from

£ 2420

"Beautiful country, excellent hotels, humid weather, wonderful wildlife."
April 2016
Read all reviews




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