Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, South Africa

Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park
Home to the richest and most concentrated series of rock art in South Africa.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park was declared a natural and a historical World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2000 and is also featured on the list of ‘Wetlands of International Importance’, under the Ramsar Convention.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park includes; amazing sandstone cliffs, descending waterfalls, flowing valleys, unspoiled forests and crystal clear rivers making their way through the Ukhahlamba Park. The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park includes the Royal Natal National Park and the Drakensberg National Park… the famous Amphitheatre at Royal Natal boasts some of the rarest animals in the world.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park boasts black eagles, bearded vultures, herds of antelopes, mountain reedbuck, the endangered cranes and the blue swallows but the real South African highlight of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is the 30 000 individually painted rock paintings! Ukhahlamba has the richest and most concentrated series of rock art in South Africa, made by the San people over a period of 4 000 years. Most of the rock art found in this South African National park depicts animals and humans along with rituals and hidden secrets.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a two hour drive from Durban and a four hour drive from Gauteng, making this South African National Park easily accessible for tourists and locals. Once in the Park you will feel as if you are in another world!

A wide range of activities are offered to explore the wildlife and scenery with all of its attractions. You can experience the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park via self-guided trails, hiking, canoeing or riding. Enjoy the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park with some fly-fishing, bird watching, swimming or painting, or experience the thrill of rock-climbing and mountain biking.

The Ukhahlamba National Park is adjacent to the popular Cathkin Estates Conservation and Wildlife Sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary is over 1 044 ha and is predominately made up of grassland – this is the largest privately owned game park in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg region.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park has a diversity of accommodation; visitors have the choice of luxury lodges, cottages, chalets, rustic mountain huts and overnight caves – chat to Jenman Safaris to find the best place to stay!

Have a look at our South African safaris that include the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park below. There are also other South African attractions featured below that you might want to visit on your South African Safari.