Introduction to Drakensberg camping and caravanning
Drakensberg Camping and Caravanning is a very popular pursuit. There are several very formal or well-established sites. However, many hikers prefer to camp in the wilderness areas of the Drakensberg. Keith Bush, at the base of Gray’s Pass, is an excellent example of such a site. These sites are elementary, with no ablution facilities. But the fun is you get back to nature. These sites are typically located next to rock pools and streams. You can take a plunge into these water bodies to have a bath and to collect clean drinking water. Please remember to do your other ablutions far away from these water sources, to bury your natural waste and to bring back your litter.
The more formal camping sites are well equipped and often offer a range of entertainment. These include mountain biking tracks, animal farms, swimming pools, kiddies playgrounds, game rooms, hiking trails and even areas where you can watch the latest rugby game. The views of the Drakensberg are spectacular from these sites.
Some of these camping grounds offer “Glamping”. These are luxury tents that have an “Out of Africa” flavour. The beds have special linen. A kitchenette is provided and so forth.
Some of the formal camping sites in the Northern and Central Drakensberg:
The following is a list of the more traditional camping and caravanning sites in the Northern and Central Drakensberg.
Formal sites at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Camps:
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife provides standard campsites at the entrances to certain of the Drakensberg Wilderness areas. Good examples of these are:
- Mahai at Royal Natal;
- Monks Cowl; and
- Cathedral Peak
These sites are well laid out and offer clean ablution blocks and facilities such as small grocery outlets. Located perfectly in close vicinity to hiking trails and magnificent scenery.