Wildlife Ratings

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

Lookout for

Oribi
Bushbuck
Grey Duiker
Porcupine
Aardwolf
Cape Clawless Otter
Jackal
Blesbok
Eland
Baboon

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

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Greenfire Lodge Drakensberg Full Board
Injisuthi Camp, Drakensberg Self-catering, Camping
Rock Lodge, Drakensberg Self-catering
Thendele Lodge, Drakensberg Self-catering

Key Species

MAMMALS
Klipspringer
Baboon


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


REPTILES
Lang's Crag Lizard
Cream-spotted Mountain Snake


TREES
Protea Dracomontana
Sagewood
Wild Pear


HABITAT TYPES
Montane
Grassland
Riverine