The Drakenberg is South Africa’s second proclaimed world heritage site and this is one of the many reasons we visit the majestic mountains on day and multi day tours.
I collected my clients from Umhlanga north of Durban at 6am and off we went covering the great history of the area, politics, people and the wonderful nature.
We arrived a bit before 9am in the Southern Drakensberg to begin our adventure up the Sani Pass into Lesotho on average the highest country in the world. We would climb in the day 2874 meters in a vehicle to the summit and enjoy the majectic Drakenseberg mountains, a Sotho village and lunch at the highest pub in Africa!
Drakensberg mountains tour, view of the Drakensberg
- Drakensberg mountains tour, View of the Drakensberg
Every so often we stopped to take in the amazing view of this area of the Drakensberg mountain but it was a misty day and this hindered some of the best views.
Before we could arrive at the South African boarder post we spotted some Eland far in the distance chewing the cud and resting for the day.
Drakensberg mountains tour, Eland antelope
- Drakensberg mountains tour, Eland antelope
As we continued up Sani Pass heading for Lesotho we came across a number of lovely little waterfalls. As its now our Fall or Autumn we don’t get much rain but they were still flowing a little for our enjoyment.
Drakensberg mountains tour, Drakensberg waterfall
- Drakensberg mountains tour, Drakensberg waterfall
It was not long and we arrived at the South African boarder post and we all got out for a rest and to get some stamps in our passports. It was clearing a little so we were hopeful for the rest of our Drakensberg day tour.
Drakensberg mountains tour, South African boarder post
- Drakensberg mountains tour, South African boarder post
The Drakensberg mountains were looking great and we all hopped back into the 4 x 4 and continued into “no Mans land” which is 8 kilometers belonging to neither country.
The views were still lovely even with the cloud cover.
Drakensberg mountains tour, Drakensberg view
- Drakensberg mountains tour, Drakensberg view
We then reached the Lesotho boarder post and now had made it all the way up the hair raising bends of Sani Pass to the summit. Here we got out and entered Lesotho where the sun was shining….
Drakensberg mountains tour, Welcome to Lesotho
- Drakensberg mountains tour, Welcome to Lesotho
It was now time for our mini tour of Lesotho and we headed for a Basotho village 6 kilometers away where we were welcomed into a woman’s hut to learn more about the people and their culture.
Drakensberg mountains tour, Basotho hut
- Drakensberg mountains tour, Basotho hut
The lady of the hut offered us some freshly made pot bread which is the highlight of the tour for me! lol.
We then stopped to look as some Angora goats which were on their way to South African to be sold.
Drakensberg mountains tour, Angora goats
- Drakensberg mountains tour, Angora goats
After looking around and seeing how harsh life can be in the Drakensberg we made our way to the highest pub in Africa which is 2874 meters above sea level. We had some lunch and then began a slow descent of the mountain pass as it was so misty.
We arrived back at the base at 4pm and we still have a 3 hour drive back to Umhlanga so we got some coffee and began our journey. It was made a lot easier after having had a lovely day in on our Drakensberg mountain tour visiting Lesotho!