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Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa
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Drakensberg Mountains


Photo by Andrew and Jodi Tanenbaum

South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains or uKhahlamba, barrier of spears, is revered by hikers and archaeology aficionados alike. This chain of mountains, extending 200 km (124 miles) along KwaZulu Natal's border with Lesotho, has been designated a World Heritage Site for its natural and cultural significance. Hike to one of the park's many caves and discover one or more of the 35,000 rock paintings made by San bushmen, stone age hunter-gatherers that inhabited this area as early as 8000 years ago. And should the kids need a break from cultural expeditions, spend a lazy morning or afternoon fishing for bass and trout in the many rivers and dams or ride horseback through the Berg. While certain activities such as abseiling and river rafting may demand a minimum level of skill, a family vacation in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park requires nothing more than the spirit of adventure.
Getting There
The Drakensberg Mountains are nestled along KwaZulu Natal's western border with Lesotho. The park is accessible from various points along the N3 from Harrismith to Howick.
When to Travel
Summer (December-January) is warm and wet, Winter (June-July) is dry but nights are cold and snow is possible on the high peaks. Spring (March-April) and Fall (October-November) are probably the best for hiking.
Health & Safety
The Drakensberg Mountains are malaria free. In South Africa, malaria is a risk in some coastal areas as well as the provinces bordering Mozambique.
Things to Keep in Mind
South Africa is more child-friendly than many European countries.
Travel Trivia
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