Best known for its stunning natural beauty, South Africa's Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site. Soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts, as well as visually spectacular sculptured arches, caves, cliffs, pillars, and rock pools make the park one of the world's most spectacular natural landscapes. The site's diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally important plants. The endangered Cape vulture and Bearded Vulture are both found in the park. A significant concentration of San rock art can be seen in hundreds of caves and rock-shelters- the largest group of Bushmen paintings south of the Sahara. The world-renowned Amphitheatre, the Tugela Falls, Giant's Castle- these are some of the attractions found in the park. Visitors and guests will find find both adventure and relaxation in the form of hiking, scenic walks, horse riding, swimming, and bird-watching.

Why we like it

Breathtaking, awe-inspiring natural beauty; World Heritage Site; Variety of endemic plants; Endangered Cape and bearded vultures; Variety of unique natural attractions; Adventure activities

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 240 000 Ha
Reserve Type: World Heritage Site
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Bearded Vulture
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Estcourt

Accommodation in Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Africamps at Gowan Valley

AfriCamps at Gowan Valley is nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal’s Midlands Meander route in the Balgowan are surrounded by captivating rolling green hills, endless fields, and mighty river all forming beautiful and mystical surroundings. The camp has an English countryside aura mixed with authentic South African hospitality and features five air-conditioned luxury tents which can sleep a maximum…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering, Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Greenfire Lodge Drakensberg

Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge is located in South Africa's spectacular Drakensberg Mountains region. This area is a World Heritage Site and is breathtaking in its natural beauty. The lodge is located 1800m above sea level, surrounded by the soaring peaks of the majestic Drakensberg mountains. It is the ideal destination for a relaxing nature retreat, with the mountainous terrain also providing…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Injisuthi Camp, Drakensberg

Injisuthi Camp is located in the spectacular Drakensberg mountain range in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. This region is a World Heritage Site and is renowned for its magnificent scenery and landscapes, which features dramatic mountains and valleys, rivers, caves and cliffs. Injisuthi Camp provides a wonderful base from which to enjoy the wealth of experiences the region has to offer.…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering, Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park

South Africa Eco-Explorer Tour

For those who love nature, wildlife and adventure, there aren’t many better destinations to visit than South Africa. The country boasts a variety of attractions that includes breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, and diverse people and cultures. This 18-day tour provides a complete South African experience. You will visit a host of different ecosystems that range from remote bushveld to snow-capped…

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Duration: 18 days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Grey Duiker
Cape Clawless Otter

Key Species


Cape Vulture
Bearded Vulture
Yellow-Breasted Pipit
Bald Ibis
Wattled Crane

Lang's Crag Lizard
Cream-spotted Mountain Snake

Protea Dracomontana
Wild Pear


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 4
Birds: 6
Reptiles: 5
Trees: 5
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