GoVertical's mountain guides invite you to join us on a hiking tour to explore the magnificent Drakensberg Mountain Range. Trek above staggering basalt walls & sheer cliffs or below ponderous peaks & whimsical pinnacles, walk the divide between the coastal lowlands of Kwa-Zulu Natal and the sky high mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
This is a wilderness area of untouched beauty. It was granted Cultural & Natural UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2000 for the unique environmental diversity & priceless legacy of Rock Art preserved in sandstone rock shelters which offer us a glimpse into the enigmatic lives & rituals the San people who once lived in these mountains.
Typically the altitude at the base of the Drakensberg is 2000m while the High Berg escarpment rises & falls around 3000m. The Drakensberg is South Africa's major watershed, many of the country's biggest rivers start in these Mountains which include the Tugela flowing out to the Indian ocean in the East and the Orange River winding Westward to the Atlantic ocean.
WHEN TO GO
WHEN TO GO: ALL YEAR Mountain weather can be unpredictable, it's advisable to be prepared for icy nights, snow or blistering hot sunshine at any time of the year. Typically you can expect:
Moderate temperatures, a spectacular change from winter browns to a riot of flowering alpine plants & spring rains creating perennial waterfalls over the escarpment.
November to March
High day temps, often in the 30's warm clear nights. The brilliantly green Berg is a magnificent backdrop to dramatic afternoon thunder & lightning storms.
Mid March to April
Fairly stable crisp weather, the alpine plants & grasslands taking on autumn hues. Magnificent hiking weather.
May to end of August
Possible snow, frosts, sub zero temperatures at nights, day temperatures may stay close to zero degrees Celsius, days & nights are generally clear.
IN THE DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS
The Drakensberg escarpment, where most of GoVertical's trekking adventures take place, is a wilderness area, this means there are no facilities, no forms of 'civilisation' and no paths.
The Drakensberg escarpment averages 3000m above sea level.
We camp in mountaineering tents & carry all our provisions with us for the trip.
Be prepared for any type of weather throughout the year. It may snow, even in mid-summer.
Fires and littering are strictly forbidden.
The water from streams in the High Drakensberg is safe to drink.
Porters are not common, but can be arranged on request as an optional extra