Northern Drakensberg Accommodation

The Drakensberg is a spectacular mountain range which spans 200 kilometres and reaches heights of over 3000 metres. The Northern Drakensberg refers to a section of the mountain which is found in KwaZulu Natal. At this point, the mountains soaring basalt peaks and softer sandstone slopes form a semi-circular boundary between South Africa and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. It is one of the most beautiful and dramatic boundaries one can imagine.

KwaZulu Natal is the traditional home of the Zulu people, who named the mountain Ukhahlamba which means barrier of spears. This is where the name for the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park comes from. The reserve protects the myriad plant and animal species found on the mountain's slopes, as well as the many San rock art paintings you'll find there. The area is home to such a unique biodiversity that it has been named a World Heritage Site.

KwaZulu Natal's largest river, the Tugela has its origins in the Northern Drakensberg, and reaching the point where it plunges 950 metres over the edge of the Mont-aux-Sources Plateau is a serious goal for many hikers. Other areas which make up the Northern Drakensberg range include sites such as the Amphitheatre, the Saddle, Mnweni Valley and Singati. All of these points offer scenery which will take your breath away.

In the winter, the plateaus become covered in snow and ice, making it an attractive destination for ice-climbing. The sheer cliffs are a welcome challenge for rock climbers and everyone feels inspired when the many flower species burst into bloom in spring.

Towns and cities near the Northern Drakensberg include Ladysmith, Newcastle, Dundee, Ulundi and Ixopo, all of which can make good bases for exploring this magical mountain.

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The Homestead
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From R400 pps

The Homestead is a 24 roomed Guest Lodge in the Drakensberg, a World Heritage area. It has standard en-suite bedrooms and family units (two bedrooms with one bathroom), as well as air-conditioned delu... Read More

Montusi Self-Catering Cottages

From R450 pps

Montusi is a spacious and quiet development in the Northern KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg near Royal Natal National Park. There are six privately owned self-catering cottages situated on the Montusi Estat... Read More

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Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

From R655 pps

The VERGEZIENT LODGE, with its numerous lounges and fireplaces, is comfortably furnished and has an elegant, old-fashioned feel, while maintaining that rustic farm house charm. The guesthouse has tast... Read More

Highlands Farm Estate

From R200* unit

Van Reenen's Pass has beautiful views and is the main route through the Drakensberg Mountains, conveniently halfway between Johannesburg and Durban. The village is perched on the summit of the pass, b... Read More

Montusi Mountain Lodge

From R1715 pps

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Space, comfort and peace are what you will find when you treat yourself to the natural splendour and peaceful, romantic ambiance of this Drakensberg haven. Situated in the Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg... Read More

Mont-Aux-Sources Hotel & Resort

From R1250* unit

Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, this landmark property is easily accessible from Johannesburg and Durban. The Mont-Aux-Sources Hotel borders the renowned Royal Natal Na... Read More

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Berghouse and Cottages

From R1980* unit

Experience a mountain atmosphere with beautiful panoramic Drakensberg mountain views. Main focal view is of the World Famous Amphitheatre Mountain and the Mount Aux Sources, including the Mighty Tuge... Read More

Itumeleng Guest House

From R375 pps

Itumeleng, a luxurious bed & breakfast, is located in the small, centrally-situated hamlet of Bergville, which is equidistant from both Johannesburg and Durban, making it a convenient overnight stopov... Read More

Sandford Park Country Hotel

From R570 pps

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Situated with views of the Drakensberg Mountains, Sandford Park Country Hotel is steeped in history with an eclectic mix of old and new, romanticising one's senses. Established in 1850 as a British ga... Read More

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Beauchef Farm House
16.2 km

From R300 pps

Beauchef Farm House is a spacious Self Catering Farm House situated within the Buffalo Hills Private Game Reserve, 30km from Harrismith and 15km from Sterkfontein Dam. With wonderful Game Drives, Cycl... Read More

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Northern Drakensberg
Breathtaking and breath-giving experience. Mountains are a wonderful sight!
- Gabi Phala

Northern Drakensberg
Beautiful and offers Peace of Mind
- Refilwe Mahlangu

Northern Drakensberg
Beautiful. Should visit more often to really appreciate the area.
- Amelia Jooste

Northern Drakensberg
There is not a lot of activities for kids but for an adult group wishing to be out of the hustle and bustle of the city, definitely a place to visit
- Mabhelandile Nguqu

Northern Drakensberg
- Anna Kay