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uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains
are located on the southwestern flank of KwaZulu Natal
in South Africa
Essentially a 250km long escarpment bordering the eastern fringes of the mountain kingdom of Lesotho
, these dramatic mountains plunge precipitously down across rolling foothills to scenic high-altitude farmland.
This wonderful landscape is a paradise for outdoorsy people, with spectacular hiking in particular, but with a huge range of other activities such as mountain-biking, horse-riding, river-rafting.Drakensberg Central
arguably contains the best hiking, notably up to Cathedral Peak and Giant's Castle. There is a full range of accommodation from simple mountain huts to large luxury golf resorts.Drakensberg North
also contains some great hiking, but is a busy area with accommodation largely focussed on domestic weekend trippers.Drakensberg South
is scenically a little less dramatic, but is less visited and has some lovely small guesthouses.