Drakensberg Activities – Experiences

Drakensberg Activities – Experiences, an area renowned for wilderness and cultural experiences. Also, known as “Drakensberg Experiences” or “Drakensberg Activities”. It is as a result of the unique flora and fauna of this area that this magnificent escarpment was declared a World Heritage Site on two counts. This makes this region one of only approximately 20 of these sites to receive this accolade twice. Additionally, it encompasses a range of significant experiences or activities.

The Amphitheater, Northern Drakensberg. Drakensberg activities - experiences
The Amphitheatre, Northern Drakensberg.

The Drakensberg has so much to do. But so little time to do it.

The Drakensberg, particularly the Central Drakensberg, has seen some exciting new tourism developments. These together with the existing attractions and services of this area, the Northern and Central Drakensberg and surrounding Battlefields and other tourism areas, offer a particularly distinctive experience for leisure groups, conferences, incentive programmes and the individual domestic and international tourist.

These developments include the Cathedral Peak Wine Estate established in 2008. So this exquisite venue which, offers an excellent wine tasting experience only did its first wine pressing some three years ago. Moreover,  Pinotage then proceeded to secure a gold award in 2016 and 2017 at the
Stellenbosch Wine Show.

Cathedral Peak Wine Estate
Cathedral Peak Wine Estate

In addition to this wonderful wine estate, the Cathkin Valley now has its own micro-brewery. The Drakensberg Brewery, which is producing a range of exceptional beer types ranging from red Ales, blonde Ales, Indian Pale Ale, Pilsners and Stout. This brewery, which is open for light lunches and tasting, is a must-visit. This brewery is part of a broader lifestyle centre known as Berg Air. Children will love watching the occasional glider, landing at the airstrip where this brewery is based. Over and above the brewery, there is a chocolate factory, a farm produce shop, a bistro, the start of a trail run and mountain biking circuit and E-biking.

ADVENTURE

Also, to these developments, the Valley is becoming increasingly popular for mountain bikers and trail runners. The community of this area has seen the potential of those sporting pursuits and as a result, established has an extensive mountain biking and trail running trails.

It is also essential to be aware of the fact that the Central Drakensberg has a walking club, which meets for day hikes every Tuesday.

This Valley also offers a Park Run, a 5 km experience from the Waffle Hut near Winterton. Guests are welcome to join this community spirit. Additionally, engage with locals over waffles and coffee on Saturday morning. The run starts at 08h00.

HIDDEN GEMS

There are also some special hidden gems in the Valley, which are extraordinary attractions:

Sandra se Winkel” Museum on the way to Ardmore Guest Farm is a fascinating trip into the past of frontier life of the Drakensberg. It is a genuine trading store from a by-gone era. Many of the goods in the museum are still in their original packaging!

Sandra's se Winkel
Sandra’s se Winkel

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