Exploring the allure of the Drakensberg: What makes it extraordinary and what should you be aware of before visiting? To begin with, it stands as one of Africa’s most stunning mountainous regions, captivating hikers and families alike with its renowned trails. The Drakensberg boasts towering cliffs, mesmerizing waterfalls, and ancient rock sites, inviting thousands of adventurers every year. It’s a year-round haven, offering an array of thrilling activities suitable for the whole family.


Key Fascinating Insights about the Drakensberg:

  • Designated a World Heritage Site in 2000, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg is exceptional for meeting the criteria of both cultural and natural World Heritage properties.
  • Rich cultural heritage resides in ancient rock paintings, spanning over 35,000 images within 600 caves and overhangs.
  • The vast expanse is dominated by the uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’ in Zulu, emphasizing its rugged mountain peaks.
  • Monks Cowl serves as the gateway to awe-inspiring landscapes, perfect for day walks, hikes, and camping adventures.
  • Home to the world’s highest waterfall, the Tugela Falls, nestled in the Northern Drakensberg.
  • An adventure enthusiast’s haven, offering an abundance of thrilling activities, establishing itself as the adventure capital of Southern Africa.
  • A year-round destination catering to diverse interests, whether under the sun, amidst rain, or surrounded by snow.


Insights into Drakensberg’s Seasons:

  • Summer spans from December to February, characterized by occasional afternoon showers and sunny days – don’t forget your sunscreen.
  • March to May marks Autumn, showcasing warm, vibrant colors with pleasant sunny days and cool evenings.
  • Winter, typically snowy, extends from June to August. Surprisingly, snowfall has been witnessed in almost every month of the year. Days are crisp, while evenings turn notably chilly.
  • Spring, from September to November, heralds a period of renewal, adorned by beautiful wildflowers as rains bring a refreshing change.


Located conveniently halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, The Nest Hotel provides a range of on-site activities, complemented by various nearby attractions accessible via a short drive.

Regardless of your motives or the season, consider a visit to the Drakensberg in 2023. Keep an eye on our regular and upcoming events, some of which may require advance booking due to popularity. Planning in advance ensures you won’t miss out on the plethora of activities awaiting your exploration.