Drakensberg Mountains

Travel to Drakensberg Mountains (Lesotho) – Southern Africa’s Highest Mountain Range

The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 metres (11,420 ft) in height. In Zulu, it is referred to as uKhahlamba (“barrier of spears”), and in Sesotho as Maluti (also spelled Maloti). Its geological history lends it a distinctive character amongst the mountain ranges of the world. Geologically, the range resembles the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. The highest point in the range is Thabana Ntlenyana which has a height of 3,482 metres.

Within the mountains, travellers will discover countless caves and rock-shelters featuring Africa’s largest and most concentrated group of paintings south of the Sahara. Made by the Bushmen over a period of 4 000 years, the rock paintings are truly outstanding in quality and diversity of subject matter. Depicting the world of animals and human beings, they reflect the daily life, culture and intricate spiritual life of the San people who once lived in this region.

See spectacular mountain views including the highest peak in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana at 3482m. You can also spot a variety of birds and see the local Basotho people. For the ultimate experience spend a night in a Basotho village where you’ll here traditional cultural songs and learn about their culture and traditions.

Activities are in abundance in the Drakensberg Mountains for those seeking exhilirating adventures. These include; pony trekking on native Basotho ponies, mountain climbing, mountaing biking, 4×4 trails, hang-gliding and para-gliding. Also during May, June and July it is possible to try your hand at skiing.

Get around the Maluti Mountains on foot, horseback or by four wheel drive vehicle.

  • Stay in a local Basotho village to learn about their culture and traditions.
  • Hike amidst spectacular mountainous scenery.
  • See fascinating rock art and paintings.


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