Ukhahlamba Drakensberg

Ukhahlamba (Drakensberg) or "The Berg" is a mountainous region in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.


The name 'Drakensberg' is derived from the Dutch and means "mountains of the dragon". The mountain range was formed by a lava flow.

Get in

By car

The N3 highway (a toll road) is the major road artery through KwaZulu-Natal and connects with Durban to the south and Johannesburg to the north. One of the regional roads leading off the N3 will get you to where you need to be.

By plane

There are no major airports in the region. The nearest international airport is in Durban. Pietermaritzburg has a smaller regional airport with daily domestic flights.

By bus

Baz Bus, runs a regular service between Durban and Johannesburg/Pretoria with stops in Pietermaritzburg and at the Amphitheater in the Royal Natal National Park.

Underberg/NUD Express runs door-to-door shuttle service between the Sani Pass lodges, Underberg, Pietermaritzburg, Howick, Kokstad,and Durban.

Get around

By car

The best way to get around is by hired car. Roads are tarred and for the most part well maintained and signposted.


On the ridge of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, close to the lip of the Tugela Falls, overlooking the Tugela Valley and the Royal Natal National Park


Northern Drakensberg

The Northern Drakensberg is generally the warmest area of the berg in Winter, with little to no snow and higher temperatures than Johannesburg.

Central Drakensberg

Southern Drakensberg

The Southern Drakensberg is generally the colder area of the berg in Winter, with often thick snow and cooler temperatures than Johannesburg though spring and summer can be as hot.

Gateway to the Southern Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal is primarily through Underberg and Himeville.

Easterly access by road from the N3 is via Exit 99 Howick South onto the R617 via Boston and Bulwer to Underberg and Himeville.
Southerly access by road from the N2 is through Kokstad onto the R617 via Sartberg to Underberg and Himeville


The entrance and lounge area of this hotel personifies the warmth of the peaceful surroundings, so typical of the famous DRAKENSBERG community.

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