The Drakensberg area of South Africa is a favourite destination with adventure enthusiasts, golfers, hikers, families and anyone just looking to escape for a relaxing break in the mountains. Looking to travel to the ‘Berg, as its affectionately known by locals, soon or already have a trip booked but need some helpful hints and tips before visiting?
Here are 5 of our travel tips for travelling to the Drakensberg…
- Pack layers: It’s important to bear in mind that the weather can change quickly in the mountains. You can go from relatively hot temperatures on the ground to cooler conditions as you head up or into the forested sections. Evenings can also get a little bit chilly so be sure to pack a windbreaker. And always pack some good quality long socks for golfing and hiking!
- Rent a car: When visiting the Drakensberg, it’s advisable to rent a car, especially if visiting from overseas. Many of the Drakensberg’s best attractions, like golf clubs, hiking trails, restaurants and accommodation are spread out and taxis are limited so a car is necessary to get around to everything the Berg has to offer.
- Book in advance: When visiting the Berg, it’s important to plan your activities in advance. Many of the adventure activities fill up fast, particularly in high season, so it’s necessary to pre-book. Pre-booking your accommodation is also vital, especially if you want to stay at our one-of-a-kind Bahati Tree Lodge as this unique treehouse is a favourite in the Drakensberg.
- Give yourself enough time: There is so much to see and do in the Drakensberg. Within the area surrounding Treks, Trips and Trails you can enjoy quad biking, horse riding, Scootour tours, ziplining, bird shows, hot air ballooning and more! That is in addition to a good hike or world-class game of golf that takes up most of the day. Lots of visitors to the Drakensberg give themselves a couple days or a long weekend, which is wonderful, but we really recommend booking a longer stay if you want to make the most of your trip!
- Stay in a self-catering unit: While we understand that often the last thing you want to do on holiday is to cook for yourself, we also know that there is nothing better than watching the sunset while sitting around a typically South African braai! As the Treks, Trips and Trails cottages you are fully set up to cater for yourself or you can choose to enjoy one of the fantastic restaurants in the surrounding area!
Going into Autumn, the summer storms are over, the air is crystal clear, and it is just a beautiful time to do whatever takes your fancy in one of South Africa’s most magnificent destinations with the cherry on top being a stay at Treks, Trips & Trails.