There is nothing quite like wide open spaces, the road less travelled and a country so rich in cultural and natural beauty. Lockdown has taught me quite a bit but the one thing I have discovered that I enjoy most, is getting out into the fresh mountain air to just breathe. These are the words from a recent guest who found great joy in discovering the beauty of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg, where nature and culture meet.

One of them is admiring the rock paintings that represent the spiritual life of the San people who inhabited most of the sub-Continent centuries ago. There are said to be over 35 000 images in some 600 cave and overhang sites between Royal National and Bushman’s Neck. The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 and what makes it so special is that it met the World Heritage criteria for both cultural and natural World Heritage properties. There are only some 20 sites of this nature in the world.

There are 4 Bushman painting sites listed in the Monks Cowl area that are open for public visitation. A short drive away is another site located in an area called Injasuthi, known as Battle Cave. Be prepared to put on your hiking boots as the cave is reached from Injasuthi Camp and is a 5 hour round trip guided walk. (bookings is essential).

When you thought you had discovered it all, there is even more adventure that awaits in the Central Drakensberg. It is an area rich in both natural beauty and cultural history. Read more about Our History and discover what makes a visit to the Nest Hotel so special.