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Drakensberg

Enter the Dragon Mountains

As you approach the Drakensberg, the great rock wall which the Zulus call the Barrier of Spears rises up 3,300m above you. Its scale is overwhelming, and its awe-inspiring peaks will render you speechless.

From the long winding scenic roads, look up to the towering mountains, steep with jagged edges, and reminiscent of medieval castles, watching raptors as they catch the thermals. The air is clean and fresh; you will be walking in an untouched paradise as you hike to secluded waterfalls with breathtaking views and see the San rock art paintings in the Royal Natal National Park, some of which are thought to be 40,000 years old.
 
Down in the valleys are vast fields and natural woodlands, streams, and picture postcard views in all directions. If you are in pursuit of a complete wilderness, head for Injisuthi in central Drakensberg. Surrounded by magnificent scenery, it is dominated by Cathkin Peak, Monk’s Cowl, and the slightly more touristy Champagne Castle. The scenery here is humbling; nature is at its boldest and most memorable.
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Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is idyllic. The farmhouse and cottage feel like family homes rather than a hotel, and as a guest you’ll feast each night on a gourmet seven-course meal. Foodies will be in heaven, from the first taste of morning coffee to the very last nightcap.
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Montusi Mountain Lodge
Peaks such as the Giants Castle dominate the Drakensberg landscape and are impressive from every angle. Staying at Montusi Mountain Lodge you don’t need to go far for epic views: the natural beauty is already all around you, ready to be explored.
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Three Tree Hill Lodge
You don’t have to be knowledgeable about local and military history to appreciate a stay at Three Tree Hill Lodge in Kwa Zulu Natal, but if you do have an interest then your guides’ passion will certainly enrich your stay.