Southern Drakensberg Accommodation

The Drakensberg Mountains constitute a long range stretching over 200 kilometres. They are renowned for being some of the highest peaks in Southern Africa, with their basalt tips and sandstone slopes and cliff faces. Unlike other mountains, the Drakensberg Mountains are actually an escarpment dividing the plateau and the coastal lowlands. Almost the entire region is protected within the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. It is home to a huge amount of biodiversity as well as one of the largest collections of San rock art in the southern hemisphere.

Given its size, the Drakensberg (which means Dragon's Mountain) is divided into different areas, namely the Southern Drakensberg, Central Drakensberg and Northern Drakensberg. Each area is renowned for certain peaks and popular or well-known climbs. The Southern Drakensberg's claim to fame is the Sani Pass.

The Sani Pass is a famous 4x4 route which crosses into the tiny, mountainous country of Lesotho. It literally is a long and winding road, just wide enough for one vehicle and characterised by tight hairpin bends. If you can get over the fear of wobbling off the tiny road into the deep precipice below, you'll find the views to be extraordinary. Once safely at the top, you'll find the Lesotho border control, and just beyond it, what's touted as the highest pub in Africa. Up there you can enjoy a cold beer, a toasted sandwich and a view which will knock your socks off!

Other activities in the Southern Drakensberg are similar to those found in the other parts of the range - hiking, fishing and rock climbing coming to mind. Towns in this section of the Drakensberg include Himeville and Underberg.

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Mkomazana Mountain Cottages
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Mkomazana is an historical site situated within a trans-frontier peace park; a unique property nestled at the foot of the Sani Pass in the beautiful Sani Valley. It is a nature lover's paradise and po... Read More

Panorama Hideaway
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Situated on a slight slope with views of the southern Drakensberg Mountains and the surrounding small holdings, Panorama Hideaway offers self catering accommodation in Underberg. This apartment boasts... Read More

Valemount Country Lodge
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A very special place. An exceptional retreat, this gracious country house offers superb accommodation, excellent cuisine and perfect tranquility, along with personal warmth and care that is associated... Read More

Berghaven
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Berghaven Log Cabin is situated in the picturesque town of Underberg. A self catering holiday for up to 6 people, with a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, DSTV and a gas braai on the deck. The proper... Read More

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For an idyllic and relaxing getaway in the Southern Drakensburg, come and stay at Twin Springs which is away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet close enough to all amenities of the small towns... Read More

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Views looking onto Hodgson's Peaks and Sani Pass. The unit consists of one bedroom, a private bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and an open-plan living area with full DSTV access. The lounge area... Read More

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The Fairways is a Gold Crown resort, situated in Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa resort, bordering on 860 acres of World Heritage site. It has lovely views of the Rhino Horn mountain and boasts its own... Read More

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Malachite Manor is a 'one of a kind' luxury Guest Lodge situated on the outskirts of Underberg rated Superior by the AA. It is an ideal getaway for discerning Guests wanting to get away from the st... Read More

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JW Cottage is situated on a scenic and private Farm , which is situated close to a river , beautiful land for hiking and just outside of Himeville. The cottage is 2 bedroom/2 bathroom with a large kit... Read More

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Break away and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and get pampered with personalized service in the ultimate tranquil surroundings at Amazian Mountain River Lodge, a privately owned lodge,... Read More

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Southern Drakensberg Reviews

Sani Pass
We forgot our passports so we couldn't go up the pass into Lesotho, but the whole area was very beautiful with wonderful scenery and gorgeous waterfalls.
- Stephany Swiss

Sani Pass
Superb
- Eric Petzer

Sani Pass
A beautiful area
- Sandra Adams

Underberg
Breathtakingly beautiful!
- Theodora Niekerk

Sani Pass
Awesome !! Just go!!
- John Oosthuizen