Did you holiday in the Drakensberg as a child? Take a trip down Memory Lane with YEI as we rediscover places to recreate the memories of yesteryear!
Many YEI members who hail from KZN and Gauteng will look back with great memories of their childhood holidays spent in the Drakensberg.
The Berg, as it is known colloquially, swarmed with youngsters (today’s retirees) who spent their holidays at such places as Cathedral Peak and The Nest.
The iconic Drakensberg stretches across four provinces, with peaks of up to 11,500 feet, covering over 1,000 kms.
While it is sometimes referred to as the Mountain of Dragons, it will always be known as one of South Africa’s most grand and natural wonders. Those who hold the Drakensberg close to their heart are those who have great childhood memories of being in an untouched wilderness.
A trip to the Drakensberg allows visitors to relax and escape from their busy lives and enjoy pastimes like hiking, trout-fishing, canoeing, exploring, or just enjoying relaxing pastimes of just being.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation with pensioner discounts.
Many of you will remember The Nest, which opened its doors in 1933! The Nest is a much-loved and delightful family-run country hotel situated in the Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg area of KwaZulu-Natal. Over the years, The Nest has built up a loyal following of guests who return year after year to this special place.
With exquisite views over the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site, senior visitors can access an area rich in history and adventure.
Mont Aux Sources Hotel
If exploring the renowned Royal Natal National Park and the KZN Battlefields is your thing (history enthusiasts will revel in the history of the early Zulu conflicts, the Langilabelele rebellion, Anglo-Zulu war, Transvaal War of Independence, Anglo-Boer war, the Spionkop Battle dubbed “the last of the gentleman’s battles, and the Bhambatha rebellion), then staying at the Mont Aux Sources Hotel could be just the ticket. Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, the Mont Aux Sources Hotel offers magnificent views of the world famous Amphitheatre.
Incidentally the Drakensberg is the second most photographed destination in Southern Africa, so if you are a photographer (professional or amateur), you are going to love the stunning natural beauty of this area. In addition, you will find the only surviving British blockhouse in KwaZulu Natal, now a monument and museum, in close vicinity.
Maybe adventure is more your style?! Maybe “real” adventure, authenticity, and wandering off the beaten track is your indulgence! The southern side of the Drakensberg offers you spectacular views across the countryside, and although some of the trails like Sani Pass are only accessible by a 4×4 vehicle – the trip can most certainly be considered worth the ride.
But never fear, if you don’t have a 4×4, or the thought of a trip up the Sani Pass is a little too daunting, then Major Adventures comes to the rescue! Major Adventures offers the ultimate in bucket list adventures (plus a senior discount, nogal!) to adventurous, retired South Africans. Can you cope with walls of sandstone, cascading rivers, and hair-raising bends?! These are just some of the highlights.
Major Adventures will also take you through the Barrier of Spears and into the Kingdom of Lesotho, and you will get to visit a Basotho village.
You will get taken to the Highest Pub in Africa, the Sani Top Chalet (lunch an optional extra), and are guaranteed a trip you will not forget! You will get to understand and experience the saying “On a good day, you can see until tomorrow”!
Win yourself a stay in the Drakensberg!