They even have a snow machine so between June to August you are almost guaranteed some snow. This resort has a 700m long ski slope with lifts, instructors and ski and snow board rental so all you have to do is arrive and you will be on the slope in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.
The lifestyle around the skiing is what is important and there is good alpine style accommodation, good food and of course a great bar and much partying to be had. If you love the mountains, good spirits, some skiing and partying, then you can find it here in South Africa.
There are other places where one can ski in South Africa and Lesotho like Sani Top in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains but none of these are formal areas so you have to really be keen and adventurous. If you have the money and are lucky with the snowfall, there is some wild and unchartered heli-skiing to be had, but the runs are not that long.
Explore the uniqueness of Southern Africa and throw in some fun skiing for the party and just to see how it is done in South Africa.
Introduction to the Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg mountain range is situated along southeast coast of South Africa. These spectacular Drakensberg Mountains are a challenge for adventure seekers and a heaven for wildlife lovers. Extending from northeast to southwest for around 1,125 km, the Drakensberg is part of the Great Escarpment and the main watershed of South Africa.
The local Zulu name for Drakensberg is Quathlamba or ‘The Barrier of Spears’, an accurate description for Drakensberg that rises over 3000 metres in height. It is an important region for adventure activities like mountaineering, camping, bird watching, river crossing, trout fishing, and many more such activities.
What to do in the Drakensberg
Multitude of activities is waiting to be pursued in this region. Rock paintings of the Bushmen can be seen in many parts of the Drakensberg. Most of the resorts in the region have the facility for horse riding in the hillside that includes short, half day, and overnight trips. Most of the hotels, camping organizers, and resorts provide guided hiking options and must be pursued. Mountain biking in this region is a fun and a challenge both due to steep heights and rugged terrain and trails of varying levels are available. Other activities include bird watching, river swimming, and trout fishing.
For the nature lovers, the region is home to the quarter of indigenous wildlife in South Africa. Some of the other species, which you may encounter frequently, are eland (largest of antelopes), Grey Rhebuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Serval cat, and Jackal.
History of the Berg
Bushmen were the earliest inhabitants of this region. They lived in harmony with their environment asking nothing more than what was needed for their survival. The incoming of white settlers changed the scenario and violent clashes with them led the tribes to extinct from their own habitat. What they left behind are the remarkable rock craft, which are irreplaceable. Today, the Drakensberg range is a major tourist destination in South Africa and one of the best-known adventure destinations in the world.
Weather and Best Season to Visit the Drakensberg
Durban has a sub-tropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters with the temperature hovering around the 15°C mark. Considering these facts one can say that Durban is an ideal destination, which can be visited during most parts of the year.
Regions of the Drakensberg
For the purpose of understanding Drakensberg and its attractions clearly, we can divide the range in three parts. The first of them is Northern Drakensberg that comprises Royal Natal National Park, Amphitheatre, Rugged Glen Nature Reserve, Mont-aux-Sources, Singati Valley, Ifidi, Mnweni & Ntonjelana valleys, the Mnweni cutback, Mponjwane, and the Saddle.
The Central Drakensberg or Berg comprises of Mlambonja Wilderness Area, Cathedral Peak, Ndumeni, Organ Pipes, Ndedema Gorge, Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, Cathkin Peak, Monk’s Cowl, Champagne Castle, Injasuti, and Giant’s Castle Game Reserve.
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