This heritage month, explore the majestic peaks of uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, and our roads will get you there safely. The mountainous landscape holds the treasures of over 35 000 examples of San rock paintings, an array of protected plant and animal species, and contains a high-altitude, RAMSAR-accredited wetland system.
The Berg forms part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Area between the Kingdom of Lesotho and South Africa and has peaks exceeding up to 3 000 km. KwaZulu-Natal’s 200 km-long uKhahlamba-Drakensberg escarpment is known for its biodiversity and breath-taking hiking trails and attracts thousands of tourists in the summer months of December to January.
During the winter months, the cliffs of uKhahlamba are clothed in snow making it a perfect destination for skiing enthusiasts and snowboarders.
[Did you know grahic: The highest peak in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg is Thabana Ntlenyana, at 3 482m]
Known as RAMSAR site for its high-altitude wetlands, the Drakensberg is above 2 750 metres and supports an array of bird and plant life. The Cape vulture and bearded vultures are some of the endangered bird species to look out for flying over the misty cliffs of Sani Pass.
Above all these spectacular features of the Berg, hundreds of caves are hidden in the valley folds and sandstone cliffs of the Drakensberg. These treasures hold the heritage of the nomadic San people with over 600 sites featuring about 35 000 paintings over 4 000 years old.
Access to some of South Africa’s most beautiful places and heritage site is made easy with SANRAL national roads. Explore the heritage of uKhahlamba-Drakensberg using the N3 connecting Johannesburg and Durban and find yourself in a land rich in culture and biodiversity.
The Berg is divided into the southern, central and northern regions. The N3 national road between Durban and Johannesburg is well signposted to access routes for each of these regions.
If this is where you want to spend your Heritage day, contact Tourism KZN on +27?(0)31?355?7500.