DRAKENSBERG HIKING VACATIONS - WHAT'S IT LIKE?
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? - ALL YEAR ROUND
The Drakensberg generally has great hiking weather, but 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:
SPRING- September to October – Moderate temperatures, a spectacular change from winter browns to a riot of flowering alpine plants & spring rains creating perennial waterfalls over the escarpment.
SUMMER- November to March – High day temperatures, often in the 30’s (Celcius) with warm clear nights. The brilliantly green Berg is a magnificent backdrop to dramatic afternoon thunder showers & lightning storms.
AUTUMN -Mid March to end of April – fairly stable crisp weather, day temps in the high teens, cooler evenings around 10 deg Celcius. The alpine plants & grasslands taking on autumn hues. Magnificent hiking weather.
WINTER -May to end of August; Short clear days with possible snow, frosts and sub zero temperatures at night. Day temperatures may stay close to zero degrees Celsius. Nights are generally clear. August may be windy.
NOTES FOR DRAKENSBERG TREKS......
- 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 can be arranged on request as an optional extra