Whether you’re visiting the majestic Drakensberg mountains on honeymoon or you’ve been there, done that, the kids have flown the nest and you are now looking for a relaxing getaway away from it all with your partner, the Drakensberg is an ideal destination for couples of all ages. Here at Treks, Trips and Trails, we operate as a husband and wife team and just love everything that the area offers for us to enjoy together.
Here are just a few of our favourite things to do in the Drakensberg as a couple:
#1 Falcon Ridge bird show
The Falcon Ridge Bird of Prey Centre provides a home to injured raptors and does fantastic work with the rehabilitation of these birds. Get a glimpse into their world with one of their daily shows – a fantastic opportunity to see magnificent raptors, eagles, owls and vultures up close!
#2 Wine tasting at Cathedral Peak Winery
The slopes of the Drakensberg mountains have deep, fertile soil and with steady summer rainfall and cool mountain breezes, this provides a unique climate for the cultivation of wine-making grapes. At Cathedral Peak Wine Estate you can taste the wines made here for just R10 per person. You can also enjoy a delicious lunch of Drakensberg smoked trout salad, homemade bobotie or cheese and cold meat platters to accompany your wine.
#3 Beer tasting at Drakensberg Brewery
This craft brewery in the heart of the Drakensberg is well worth a visit. The Brewpub here has fantastic views of the mountains and offers tastings of the blonde ale, pilsner, red ale and stout made on site. There is also a DIY menu on offer where you can create your own platter of cold meats, cheeses, pickles and preserves. You can also rest easy knowing that 10c of each beer you buy goes toward local vulture conservation in the Drakensberg, with another 10c going to the upkeep of the areas mountain bike trails.
#4 Chocolate fondue at Chocolate Memories
Located at the new Berg Air Lifestyle Centre, Drakensberg Chocolate Memories makes handcrafted chocolates using pure cocoa butter and natural bourbon vanilla – you won’t find any modified fats or palm oil here! Visit their shop for a free chocolate tasting, coffee and chocolate pairing or to enjoy a decadent chocolate fondue!
#5 Indulge at the Valley Bakery
Valley Bakery is a Drakensberg must do. This restaurant, come bakery, come deli, is jam-packed full of homemade goodies for you to enjoy on-site or take home! Known for its freshly baked goods, be sure to pop in at the Valley Bakery and sample their wares!
#6 Tea and scones on the terrace
Both the Champagne Castle Hotel and the Cathedral Peak Hotel are open for visitors to enjoy some tea and scones on the terrace in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Be transported to the days of yesteryear as you enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the cosy lounge (great for rainy days with a good book) or while taking in the view from the terrace.
#7 Get your kicks on a helicopter flip
Departing from Dragons Peak resort, high flyers can enjoy seeing a different side to the Drakensberg. Sip a glass of champagne as you fly over the mountain peaks. You can even stop at the top for a high altitude picnic! The perfect day out to celebrate an anniversary or birthday!
#8 Hot air balloon over the Drakensberg
Another way to enjoy incredible views of the Berg, is in a hot air balloon! Embark on a panoramic morning flight over the mountains as you travel 2km up in the air! Come back to ground after an hour to enjoy a delicious farmhouse breakfast. We can’t think of a better way to start your day in the Drakensberg.
#9 Enjoy some good old fashioned R&R
After all of the above activities, you may just be in need of a quiet place where you can kick back and put your feet up. Cuddle up at our boma, take a dip in the rock pool or settle down with a drink overlooking the dam, and just enjoy the tranquil haven that is Treks, Trips and Trails!