KwaZulu Natal DestinationsWitsieshoek, Drakensberg
The Drakensberg Mountain Range is one of South Africa’s most exquisite gems, spanning some 1 600 kilometres and extending through Mpumalanga, Limpopo, the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal right down into the Eastern Cape. Witsieshoek is in the northern parts of this range, and boasts some of the most magnificent vistas imaginable.
Witsieshoek is a tranquil escape from city life and everyday responsibilities. It offers unrivalled views of the gorgeous Sentinel Peak, which makes for the perfect backdrop to your photographs and a number of fabulous activities. These activities include:
In and around Witsieshoek, a number of beautiful birds can be found soaring through the clear skies or perched amongst the natural foliage. In fact, more than 300 different species have been identified here. Some of the exciting species for which bird watchers should be on the lookout include the bearded vulture, lesser kestrel, large wattled crane, Cape griffon, Cape parrot, and Drakensberg siskin.
There are a number of trails and routes through the mountains of the area. The rocky terrain is perfectly complemented by the awe-inspiring views. There are several rivers in the area, complete with pools and waterfalls. There are also caves along the way, some of which showcase the ancient art of the San people. All of these combine to create a hiking wonderland.
The cliff faces of the Drakensberg are ideal for travellers wanting a little adventure. The most popular climbing routes in the area are Devil’s Tooth, Monk’s Cowl and the Bell.
Witsieshoek is a little over an hour’s drive from the beautiful Golden Gate Highlands National Park, which is perched just below the Maluti Mountains. This park is aesthetically breath-taking and is home to a fantastic variety of plants and animals.
Really, this area promises visitors a unique collection of fauna, flora, vistas and memories.