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Best Drakensberg Holiday Packages from Southern Circle

From R 2 780.00 per person

1 Day Sani Pass Guided Tour – Durban (Code: SCDA)

This Sani Pass day tour is an adventure day out! Travel up the mountain pass with 4 wheel drive vehicles, awe at the views and on a clear day one can see up to 250km! Drive inland past Pietermaritzburg to the area of gently pastoral beauty, also called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with Zulu villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Traverse through Underberg, a picturesque little village situated in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.  At Himeville you change vehicles and set off in a 4 wheel drive minibus for the drive up Sani Pass, named after the primitive people who lived in the area millennia ago. The ascend is steep at places with hair-raising bends. The driver talk about the geography and also stop frequently for photo opportunities of the breathtaking views. Afterwards, arrive at the top of the mountain in the kingdom of Lesotho. You visit the locals and they may  invite you into their house, which often result into tasting locally baked snacks or bread! Lunch is served at the top in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho some 3 000 metres above sea level. Afterwards, we descend down the mountain, change vehicles and set off to Durban. OTHER TOURS YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN 2 Day Drakensberg Highscdblights  – SCDB 3 Day Drakensberg Adventure – SCDD  

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R6250

2 Day Drakensberg Mountains Highlights Tour – Durban (Code: SCDB)

With this tour we incorporate a visit to Pietermaritzburg where police kicked Mahatma Ghandi off the train because of his skin colour, the Howick Falls, Nelsom Mandela’s capture site, a 4 x 4 drive up Sani Pas, interaction with the locals in Lesotho and lunch at the highest pub in Africa! DAY 1    Durban – Drakensberg Mountains – Sani Pass We depart at around 09h00 for your tour to the Drakensberg Mountains and Sani Pass via the Natal Midlands. Drive inland to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. Stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin. Enter the waiting room where, in the silence of the night, he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance. Continue to Howick and visit the 100m high Howick Falls. Next, we stop at the monument erected on the spot where police arrested Nelson Mandela in 1961 as a result of his resistance to the former Apartheid government. Continue through an area of gentle pastoral beauty called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Then further through Underberg, a picturesque little village situated in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Our hotel is in the lap of the mountain with peaks towering up to 3400m above sea level. The afternoon is at your leisure to participate in some of the organised hikes into the mountain or explore the area on your own. Overnight at the Sani Pass Premier Hotel. DAY 2  Sani Pass – Lesotho – Durban After breakfast you set off to Sani Pass, named after the primitive people who lived here millennia ago.  We use a four-wheel drive vehicle to navigate the steep inclines

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R9700

Drakensberg Mountains 3 Day Adventure (Code: SCDD)

DAY 1    Durban – Pietermaritzburg –  Drakensberg Mountains Drive inland to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. First of all we visit the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin.  We enter the waiting room where, in the silence of the night, he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance.  Continue to Howick where we visit the 100m high Falls. We visit the monument erected on the spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962. Continue to the Drakensberg Mountains through an area of gentle pastoral beauty called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Visit the spot where the Boers arrested Winston Churchill during the Anglo-Boer War. We enter the Spionkop Game Reserve for some  game viewing. We have a good chance to see white rhino, giraffe and zebra amongst other wildlife.Then we travel to our hotel from where you can enjoy magnificent views while enjoying sundowners. DAY 2   Northern Drakensberg Mountains – Golden Gate After breakfast we travel through Qwa Qwa, a former homeland, and watch the locals busy with their daily chores.  We continue to the Golden Gate National Park and see amazing views of the black basalt and golden sandstone cliffs which gave its name to the park. Afterwards we enjoy a light lunch. We round the day off with a visit to a cultural village. Here we experience  demonstrations of the local people’s culture. Return to your hotel late afternoon. DAY 3    Drakensberg – Giant’s Castle – Rock Art We depart after breakfast we drive to the Giant’s Castle Complex. Here we embark on a walk with a few steep and strenuous inclines to some of the country’s best preserved ancient rock paintings. The roundtrip is around 3 km. We have a peek into the

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R29970

11 Days Classic South Africa Highlights Tour (Code: SC-03)

DAY 01.   Gauteng – Panoramic Route Our first day on tour of the South African Highlights takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom, and Ohrigstad to the magnificent Three Rondavels view the site at the Blyde River Canyon. We travel further to marvel at scenic areas such as Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to see this unique trick of nature is worth the experience), Lisbon Falls, God’s Window and the Pinnacle before a short visit to Pilgrim’s Rest, an early gold mining town declared a National Monument. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the last century and hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. Overnight at Ligna Lodge. DAY 02.  Panoramic Route – Kruger National Park After an early breakfast, we do a pleasant walk through the indigenous forest to see the Lone Creek Falls. Then we follow a scenic route to Hazyview and enter the Kruger National Park. We spend the rest of the day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in the reserve in chalets in one of the rest camps. DAY 03.   Kruger National Park – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and return for breakfast in the camp. Spend the rest of the morning in the reserve and depart in the afternoon for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland for a visit to the Ngwenya glass factory where all the items are hand made from recycled glass. After a drive through the capital, Mababane, we continue to Mhlambanyatsi where we overnight in the mountains at Forester’s Arms. DAY 04. Swaziland – Zululand – Private Reserve This morning we have an early breakfast and then visit Swazi Candles in the Malkerns Valley where we watch the locals hand-molding

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R43400

13 Day Wildlife, Scenery and Flowers Tour (Code: SC-05)

DAY 1. Gauteng – Panoramic Route (Wildlife, scenery and flowers) Our first day on this wildlife, scenery and flowers excursion takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Robber’s Pass to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century. After exploring this quaint old town, we continue to Sabie where we have a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to visit Lone Creek Falls. Overnight Ligna Lodge. DAY 2.  Panoramic Route – Private Game Reserve We travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such the Pinnacle, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to this unique trick of nature is worth the effort), and the magnificent Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We walk along the cliffs to really appreciate the breathtaking views. Then we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve, a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge. DAY 3.  Private Game Reserve – Kruger National Park After an early morning open vehicle game drive, and conditions permitting, a hike on foot searching for the animals, we enjoy breakfast an then leave for the Kruger National Park. We spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in chalets in one of the rest camps in the park. DAY 4. Kruger National Park – Swaziland Today we rise early for a breakfast on a deck overlooking

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R57700

The Grand South African – 19 Day Guided Tour (Code:SC-06)

DAY 1  Johannesburg – Dullstroom – Sabie – Panoramic Route (South African Holiday Package) Our first day on this South African holiday package takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom, and Lydenburg to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. Overnight Ligna Lodge. DAY 2  Panoramic Route – Private Game Reserve We visit Lone Creek Falls and travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, and some of the spectacular waterfalls in the area. Finally, we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus Pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge. DAY 3  Private Game Reserve – Kruger National Park After an early morning safari and if conditions permit, searching for the wild on foot, and breakfast we enter the Kruger National Park and spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. DAY 4   Kruger National Park  –  Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and breakfast on a deck overlooking the Sabie River. We spend the rest of the morning in the reserve and depart for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and travel via Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, to our hotel in the mountains at Mhlambanyatsi. Overnight Forester’s Arms. DAY 5   Swaziland – Zululand – Private Reserve This morning we have an early

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The Drakensberg Mountains are a stunning sight in South Africa and therefore Drakensberg vacation packages are extremely popular. Southern Circle has Drakensberg holiday packages available at competitive prices. Our Sani Pass day trips are of the best Drakensberg holiday deals you will find.

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A trip to the Drakensberg and 4×4 safari up the Sani Pass is an adventurer’s dream. Experience South Africa’s breathtaking natural beauty with our 2 day Drakensberg tour and pay a visit to the highest pub in Africa when you reach the top of the Sani Pass in Lesotho.

Book the Trip of a Lifetime with Drakensberg holiday packages and Mountain Tours

The Drakensberg Mountain range is one of South Africa’s biggest natural attractions and they are best seen on one of the many Drakensberg Mountains Tours. Called the “Dragon Mountain”, this range has been given a most fitting name for its array of towering mountains, as their often mist capped tips look like a dragon exhaling smoke.

The Drakensberg Mountain range is one of South Africa’s most spectacular attractions. It stretches from the Eastern Cape through the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, into Mpumalanga and then ends in the Limpopo Province. The entire escarpment is over 1000 km from start to finish, situated in two countries, and at its highest point, it is 3 428 m above sea level. The mountains are far from the tallest in Africa, but they are without a doubt a truly magical part of South Africa’s unique and diverse landscape.
The range has a number of mountains which have earned a reputation in their own right. And between the mountain peaks, there are various small, eclectic towns and things to do. Guests to this glorious part of the country are treated to sights that seem almost unreal. Every destination is a photo opportunity, especially when the sun is just setting and the fading light catches the landscape at just the right angle.

Drakensberg tours are designed to take guests to the ultimate holiday destination for those wanting a real wilderness adventure.

The mountains that have made this scenic spectacle the famous attraction that it is, includes Cathedral Peak, Mont-Aux-Sources, and Giants Castle.
All along the escapement, intrepid adventurers and hiking enthusiasts can explore the infinite number of rock pools, streams, caves and waterfalls, all the while breathing in that clear mountain air. Both international visitors and locals alike revisit the mountains, because there is so much to see.
One of the best parts of the range in which to enjoy a proper Drakensberg holiday is in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The part of the mountains in Kwa-Zulu encompasses a 243 000 hectare part of the range which has been named a World Heritage Site called the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. It is home to some beautiful sightings as well as around 600 examples of San Rock paintings which adorn various caves throughout the park.
The Drakensberg is an ancient landscape. The mountains began forming when Southern Africa was still being moulded as a part of Gondwana, some 180 million years ago. Over the millions of years, the South African plateau has lifted while erosion has also played a role in the creation of these picturesque mountains. Various levels of the mountains, as well as the area in which they sit, means there are different types of rocks to be found all across the range.
This is a very brief description of the background and geomorphology of the Drakensberg. It definitely deserves more reading.

The Ultimate Drakensberg Holiday

Touring the Drakensberg is the perfect way to relax and unwind. Guests booking a Drakensberg holiday package can expect the kind of downtime that is hard to find elsewhere in the country. The many kilometres which make up the Drakensberg means that you can travel for many hours without seeing anyone. This guarantees a quiet stay, well away from the never-ending rush of day to day life.
And it is not just about sightseeing. Guests can enjoy a number of action-packed activities which include abseiling, canopy tours, white water rafting, horseback riding and, of course, hiking.

Drakensberg tour packages include fantastic accommodation and just about everything else you could expect to enjoy from a holiday here.
Must See Attractions

A tour of the Drakensberg would be incomplete if you didn’t visit some of these unbelievable attractions. Some of these are tourist hot spots, which are often best visited with a tour group as this is one way to guarantee that you will get to see what you have come to see, while other destinations will be quieter. Regardless of which areas of the Drakensberg you will be visiting, be sure to have a good quality camera packed for your trip!

  1. Cathedral Peak

With it’s spire-like jutting out piece of rock, this peak is named for its resemblance to popular church architecture. This is one of the most easily recognised peaks, having separated itself from the main escarpment. Cathedral Peak is an excellent photographic destination.

  1. Central Drakensberg

A place of solitude and utter beauty, the Central Drakensberg is one of the best areas of the range and it sits right in the heart of the uKhahlamba stretch of mountains. Here you can explore lakes, open grassland and enjoy horseback riding and hiking.

  1. Giants Castle

This area is named after the escarpment and its peak which resemble a sleeping giant. It is situated in the Southern Drakensberg and makes for a stunning drive.

  1. Sani Pass

Talk to anyone who has experienced the thrill of driving the Sani Pass (with 4×4 of course) and you will soon realise why this part of the Drakensberg has a bit of a reputation. The Pass is found in Lesotho, and it is appropriately nicknamed the Roof of Africa. The route is some 3200 meters above sea level and the view from above is breathtaking. The best way to see the pass is by hiking or driving, and once you get to the top, you can have a drink in at the highest bar in Africa!
Exploring the Drakensberg Mountain range is a once in a lifetime experience that is not to be missed. Join us on a journey up the mountain by booking your memorable Drakensberg holiday package with us.

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