Photo Essay: Answer the Call of the Drakensberg Mountains this Africa Month

As Africa Month draws to a close, we zoom in on one of South Africa (and the world’s) most picturesque holiday destinations:  The Drakensberg Mountains.

If you’re travelling from Joburg, the four and a half hour-drive to the Drakensberg is a very scenic one that allows time to pass before you can say ‘road trip’, and if you’re coming from Durban, prepare a two and half-hour playlist for your listening pleasure.

Once you’ve reached the KZN treasure spot, the perfect home for the duration of  your stay should undoubtedly be the Drakensberg Sun Resort.  This family-friendly resort – that falls under the Tsogo Sun Group – is the ideal resting place if you’re looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of  city life. Although, much rest cannot be promised with all the activities available at your family’s disposal.

Your trip might have caused a rumble in the tummy, so once you’re all settled and checked into your Standard Room, Superior Room, Executive Room, or the luxurious Presidential Suite (because options are imperative), head down to the Lakeview Restaurant that has just undergone renovations worth R3,7 million.  The buffet feast available for breakfast, lunch and supper is nothing short of delectable, boasting authentic South African delicacies for the whole family.

Up for the adventure of your life? How could you not be while in between the Drakensberg Mountains? Take the family on the Drakenberg Canopy Tour®, situated in the Central Drakensberg between Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle. The Canopy Tour® takes you on a 12-slide zip lining tour, gliding between trees and cliffs and experiencing Mother Nature at her absolute best. Fancy yourself a daredevil? The highest slide is 65 metres high, and the longest is 180 metres. The trained guides will see to it that you’re both safe and entertained. Remember the Canopy Tour® is open to anyone over 5 years and under 160 KGs but booking is essential!


If you’re into horseback-riding, book a session at the Cathkin Equestrian Centre just metres away from the Drakensberg Sun Resort. Depending on your level of experience, you could opt for an hour long ride, or even an overnight trip to a secluded private cottage in Wonder Valley behind the Matterhorn.

Of course, relaxation is right at the top of the list of things-to-do. Go on a sunset boat trip on the Resort’s private lake with some of the choicest bubbles, while taking in all the tranquillity you possibly can. Block out the noise and stop by the Spoilt Green Eco-Spa situated on the premises of the Drakensberg Sun Resort.

You might want to take along your camera to capture the rich natural beauty of the Drakensberg Sun Resort. There’s so much to do and see at the Drakensberg Sun Resort, that at some point, you just want to stop and say Mama Africa, how we love you.

To find out more about the Drakensberg Sun Resort, click here.

Images: Supplied

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