Drakensberg Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 4th Sep 2016

    We have had some great success on our recent African safaris from Durban over the past couple of months. These sightings range from animals on the road crossing in front of our vehicle, Elephants sleeping, Cheetah hunting, Wild Dogs hunting on the road, Leopard sleeping, Black Rhino browsing, Wildebeest drinking, Lion drinking and happy clients on safari!

  • 17th Jun 2016

    The Drakensberg mountains are for me the most majestic mountains to tour and to share this place with my clients is truly a blessing! From Cathedral Peak,The majestic Sentinel, Royal Natal National Park and Nelson Mandela Capture Site … and much much more.

  • 27th Apr 2016

    Book Your Drakenberg Mountains Tour. Majestic Drakenseberg mountains, Pot Bread, Sotho village and lunch at the highest pub in Africa!

  • 17th Feb 2016

    The Drakensberg mountains have been a place of great peace yet many struggles have be fought in the area over land and control. Whats new..

  • 19th Dec 2015

    We began our Drakensberg tour in Pietermaritzberg and headed straight for South Africa’s second proclaimed World heritage site.

    We arrived  before around midday and settled in for some lunch and then a visit to the San Rock art center on site of the Didima resort where we would spend the next couple of nights.

    The Museum as usual was great and was very interesting with lots of great items on display. The Drakensberg history goes back a long time as does that of the San bushmen. 

  • 9th Sep 2015

    I collected my solo client for his Drakensberg midlands tour and we ventured into the amazing central Drakensberg up the sani pass and into Lesotho.

    The Drakensberg is very special to me, I always feel at peace when I am in the mountains. Its had been a place of much violence but it seems the rivers that cut can shape the Drakensberg have also washed away the memories of the violence leaving the amazing San-Bushmen rock art for us to enjoy.

  • 22nd Jul 2015

    Drakensberg tour – 20th July 2015

     

    We began our Drakensberg day tour just outside Durban from my home as I was taking my cousins and wife up the Sani pass into Lesotho.

    It had been 13 years since I had seen my cousin so I was pretty happy about showing off my beautiful country to them and having my wife come with us as well.

     

    I did the usual covering some of the history of the area of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa before we arrived in Underberg and changed over vehicles into a 4×4 to go up the Sani pass.

     

    Lesotho is an amazing country with the Drakensberg mountain as its border. In Zulu we call it Ukhahlamba which means the barrier of spears and the word “Drakensberg” means dragons peak!

     

    The view up the Sani pass in the Drakensberg was lovely today as it was a clear day.

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, View up the Drakensberg

    Drakensberg tour, View up the Drakensberg

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We had a very lucky day on our way up to Lesotho and in Lesotho itself, we spotted a host of Jackal Buzzards and Pied crows… As well as Dassies(Rock Hyrax), Eland antelope and Reebuck. We even spotted some Ground Woodpeckers.

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Ground Wood Pecker

    Drakensberg tour, Ground Wood Pecker

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Eland are the Bushmen or San peoples totem animal and these people were the original South Africans that were sadly killed out by every other group of people that are in South African today.

    The Eland had special powers for the San people and they would use it to communicate with there ancestors.

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Eland

    Drakensberg tour, Eland

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On route up the Drakensberg on our day tour into Lesotho we came across a small waterfall up Sani Pass called Lovers Cascade. It is believed that here the San people would come to drink the fresh water and which would give them eternal life…

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Lovers cascade!

    Drakensberg tour, Lovers cascade!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then stopped at the South African border post before we continued the 8 kilometers to Sani top the highest pub in Africa and of course the Lesotho border post.

    We got the passports stamped and I got a picture of my cousins.

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, My cousins at the South African border post

    Drakensberg tour, My cousins at the South African border post

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we made our way into Lesotho we noticed that there was snow in the mountain and some of the hairpin bends were which has waterfalls were frozen over. It was about 9 degrees up the sani pass but mostly due to to cold breeze.

    It was now time for us to visit the Basotho village and to enter one of the huts to learn more about the Basotho people and taste some lovely home made bread.

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Snow in the Drakensberg

    Drakensberg tour, Snow in the Drakensberg

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After the great hospitality we continued our Drakensberg tour and made our way to the Highest pub in Africa, Sani Top. It was here we had some lunch and enjoyed the great views as well as the warmth of the Pub as it was so cold.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, Highest pub in Africa

    Drakensberg tour, Highest pub in Africa

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After lunch it was time to begin the journey down the Sani pass and enjoy the spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountain leaving Lesotho behind us.

     

    It was a beautiful decent down the Drakensberg mountain and we arrived back at the bottom at about 15:30.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour, View down Sani pass in the Drakensberg

    Drakensberg tour, View down Sani pass in the Drakensberg

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we got to the bottom we stretched our legs after the “African Massage” on the bumpy dirt roads and made our way back home after what turned out to be a very long but enjoyable day.

     

    Our Drakensberg day tour ended back at our home where we enjoyed some food and a special drink my cousins brought for us. It was a special day!

     

    If you would like to do this tour into the Drakensberg click the below link:

     

    Drakensberg day tour

  • 27th Apr 2015

    Sani Pass Drakensberg day tour 25th April 2015

     

    I met me clients in Durban and they would be doing two days of touring with me beginning with today’s Sani Pass Drakensberg day tour from Durban.

    It was an early start at 6am and we began the almost 3 hour drive to the base of Sani pass which boarders on Lesotho the mountain kingdom. It was here we met with the 4×4 vehicles for the tour itself of the Drakensberg.

    On route I had already set the scene and covered a lot of the History of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa.

     

    As we ascended the great Drakensberg over into Lesotho we enjoyed the spectacular views of the mountain and enjoyed the day of touring from Durban.

      

     

     

    Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture going up Sani Pass

    Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture going up Sani Pass

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Every so often we go out of the vehicle to stretch the legs and enjoy the view on route to our destination Lesotho and the highest Pub in Africa!

    We got the the South African border post and after the formalities of passport stamping we spotted some Eland up on the hill. These majestic antelope are the original people of South Africa, the bushmen’s totem animal. The blood and fat of these animals were used in the paint of the Bushmen in the cliff overhangs in this Drakensberg range.

    The name itself Drakensberg means Dragons peak and the Zulu name “Ukhahlamba” mean barrier of spears! Both names are so indicative of this amazing mountain which is a mixture of Sand stone and Basalt rock.

     

     

     

     

     

    Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture of Eland

    Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture of Eland

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally reached boarder post into Lesotho at an altitude of 2874 meters above sea level. Having come from Sea level it was pretty high and it is normal to have a little headache. 

    It was hear that we had conquered this great mountain to reach its summit as many other had done before us. We spotted a little shop at the top before heading to the highest pub in Africa.

     

     

     

    Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Shop at Sani top

    Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Shop at Sani top

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lesotho on the eastern side is very baron and this pass was originally used for Donkeys and horses to trade with the South Africans with Mohair and wool. It is such a rough arid environment that you just cannot see how people can survive here, but they do. The nearest school is 50 km away so when the kids leave for school they only return for holidays to see their family.

     

     

     

     

    Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Basotho homes

    Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Basotho homes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    At the moment the Chinese are in Lesotho creating a road from the village at Sani Pass to the nearest town where the kids get educated. The agreement is that they must use local staff for the labour.

    We had a great lunch under the hot Lesotho sun but with the breeze we were all a little cold however that wasn’t going to stop us from enjoying the breathtaking views, the Basotho Shepherds and after lunch the Basotho village. It was here we entered into on of the locals homes and she had some bread in a pot on coals and she was kind enough to share some with us and even allow us to taste there traditional beer.

     

    The views on the way down were just as good as on the way up the pass and our Drakensberg day tour from Durban had really been amazing.

     

     

     

     

    Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture coming down Sani pass

    Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture coming down Sani pass

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We were grateful for the amazing weather that we had been blessed with and the amazing sights and sounds of this mountain we have come to know as the Drakensberg. After we arrived back at the bottom we headed off to Durban where I dropped my clients off at a restaurant I recommended and then I headed back home for the night.

     

    It had been a great Durban day tour up Sani Pass into Lesotho.

  • 19th Jun 2014

    We departed from Umhlanga outside of Durban with my clients and headed to UnderBerg where we would meet the 4×4 vehicle to begin our Durban Day Tour which would take us over into the Drakensberg/Lesotho via the Sani Pass. Sani Pass is a massive 2874 meters above sea level and has the Highest Pub in Africa at the top. Lesotho in the Drakensberg is on average over the country the Highest country in the world! This is mostly due to it being one of only a few countries which is land locked by one country(South Africa).

    The Zulu Name for this amazing mountain range is Ukhahlamba which in English mean Barrier of Spears due to the nature of the difficulty to cross these majestic mountains.

    This eastern side of Lesotho is the most baron part of Lesotho and only a handful of Hardy people live here. The Sani Pass has been used for years as a trading point for the Basotho(people of Lesotho) to Shear their sheep and goats and sell it to the South Africans.

    The Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban is only 2.5 – 3 hours away from the city of Durban and is spectacular. If you are in the Durban are you need to take this Durban day tour with Tim Brown Tours.

    Tim Brown Tours is fortunate to have won the certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the second year in a row and is rated very highly on TripAdvisor. If in Durban and wishing to do either a Durban Day Safari/Durban overnight Safari or Durban Day Tour/Durban Overnight Tour you need to contact us! We will make sure your experience is special.

    We begun this amazing Durban Day Tour at 08:30 from Underberg and on route had some spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountains.

    We first stopped at the old Ticket station where if you are moving between Lesotho and South Africa you need to stop and put your name on the list so that the taxi knows who was there first before traversing the Sani pass into Lesotho via the Drakensberg or into South Africa.

    Ticket office at base of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Ticket office at base of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    The next stop apart from the great views of the Drakensberg mountain was this lovely little waterfall on our Durban Day Tour.

    Waterfall when heading up Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Waterfall when heading up Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    We continued up Sani Pass in the Drakensberg and stopped to look at the views in the mountain range the next stop being the border post into “No mans land” – the 8 Kilometers between the South African Border post and the Lesotho Border post.

    Border post on South African side of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Border post on South African side of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    We continued up the Drakensberg and Sani Pass and reached ice corner which is so named because it is always got ice at that bend, when it snows that is a very difficult corner to traverse; even with a 4×4!

    Ice corner on our way up the Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014
    Ice corner on our way up the Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    After getting up Sani Pass and finally through the border post into Lesotho our Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban continued! We drove off to a Basotho village where we met with Me-Ilena and she was busy making the traditional Sotho pot bread. She was very welcoming and invited her into her home and we learned more on the Sotho Culture.

    Basotho Hut where we visit on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014
    Basotho Hut where we visit on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Basotho Women prepares home made pot bread on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Basotho Women prepares home made pot bread on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    After we said goodbye to Me-Ilena and her lovely children we made our way back to Sani Top Pub the Highest pub in Africa at 2874 meters above sea level.

    We met some Basotho boys who played some music for us but it was so cold up there with a gale force wind blowing that we couldnt enjoy it for very long before heading inside to have a coffee and some warm food. This Durban Day Tour was warming up.

    Basotho Boys playing home made instruments at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Basotho Boys playing home made instruments at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Lunch at the highest Pub in Africa was amazing and at that altitude I must say I got a headache the wind chill factor didnt help as it reduced the temperature close to zero.

    Highest Pub in Africa at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Highest Pub in Africa at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    We left the Highest Pub in Africa in the Drakensberg/Lesotho and made our way back down the mountain the views were amazing and we were all very content with how the Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg had panned out.

    View of highest Pub in Africa heading back out of Lesotho down Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    View of highest Pub in Africa heading back out of Lesotho down Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014
    View down the pass from the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    View down the pass from the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014Sani Pass Tour from Durban into the Drakensberg are so special and you have to experience it to believe it! I do my best thinking in the mountains and even had my fathers ashes scattered in the Drakensberg in 2009. It is a truly special place.

    I would like to dedicate this blog post to my clients who did 3 Durban Day Tours with me but also to my Brother and his wife who had there first child this morning – To you “Jonah Lex Maber” may your life be as blessed and for-filled as mine!