uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park boasts an excellent location in the lush midlands of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and is a year-round destination. The Park covers almost the whole Drakensberg Mountain range and spans about 243,000 ha. In 2001, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the mountains, with their numerous valleys and rivers act as an exhilarating outdoor playground. The Royal Natal National Park, Cathedral Peak State Forest, Monks Cowl State Forest, and Giants Castle Nature Reserve are among the conservation areas that make up the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park.
Furthermore, the beautiful uKhahlamba Drakensberg is a wildlife haven. A wide variety of habitats protects a large number of rare and endangered animals and plants, while hundreds of caves and rock shelters at this Drakensberg nature reserve contain a significant concentration of San rock art. The Park is approximately two hours from Durban and four hours from Gauteng, making it a convenient weekend or week-long getaway spot.
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park boasts an abundance of wildlife including larger mammals such as baboons, eland, bushbuck, and grey duikers. For the birding enthusiasts, there are approximately 300 species of birds including raptors like Verreaux's eagle, Jackal buzzard, Cape vulture, and lammergeyer, as well as 20 species restricted to South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland.
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is a year-round destination, depending on what safari-goers prefer. During April and May, the walking paths offer scenic views. The climate at uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is mild all year. However, it can turn very cold at night during winter. For those who like to ice climb, snow is common at the higher elevations.
uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park boasts an excellent destination for the active traveller. From hiking and biking to rock climbing and trekking, there is much to explore for the intrepid at heart. Those visiting as a family can enjoy painting and admiring the San rock art, and on a hot summer’s day, the chilly alpine streams are perfect for a refreshing dip. All of the sites in this UNESCO World Heritage Site feature well-designed day treks for everyone to enjoy. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park provides an excellent photographic opportunity, and tourists can return to capture its splendour at various times of day and season.
There are no hotels within the park due to environmental concerns, however, the park authorities provide rest camps at numerous access gates, and there are private hotels in Champagne Valley and near Royal Natal, Cathedral Peak, and Sani Pass.