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Drakensburg Ballooning
 
Drakensberg Ballooning offers scenic hot air balloon flights with panoramic views stretching from the Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg to Giants Castle in the Southern Drakensberg. We are the only based Hot Air Balloon company in KZN and can fly on short notice.
 
Two passengers or large groups of 10+ can be accommodated. For safety reasons we only offer flights with sunrise. Drakensberg Ballooning fly in association with Westline Aviation a Bloemfontein based company licensed as an Air Service and has a valid Operating Certificate issued by CCA.
 
Kwazulu Weavers
 
Kwazulu Weavers produce hand-woven woolen carpets and homemade candles. The mini putt-putt course keeps the little ones busy while parents are shopping. Grab a bite to eat afterwards at the Waffle Hut.
 
The Winterton Museum
 
The Winterton Museum is located in the majestic Drakensberg region. It was opened in 1993 by Sheila Henderson and displays the history of the local farming communities in the area, the early inhabitants from the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the San people, the Voortrekkers and the early English settlers.
 
There are various historical items and reproductions of San art as well as a gallery with San paintings and photographs of local San art. Other displays include the first South African democratic elections, the battles of Spieoenkop and Vaalkrans, and a blacksmith shop featuring the Weston Caravan. There is also a reconstructed Zulu beehive kraal built with traditional materials and methods used by the local Ngwane people's ancestors.
 
The outstanding private collection of Boer War books are excellent guides for those planning to visit the battlefields in the area.


San Art Interpretive Centre


In 2003 the San Art Interpretive centre was opened in Didima in the Cathedral Peak Valley. Here you can learn more about the San people, their art and culture. The centre is decorated to represent a cave, a likely place to find San Rock Art.
 
Built on a Heritage site, the centre has many other exhibits including audio visual presentations and many other static displays. Stepping into the centre turns back the clock and gives you a sense of sitting around a camp fire with the bushman, listening to their stories.
 
Didima Gorge was known as the valley of the bushman, with over a thousand painted pictures being located in the caves around the valley, the most popular being the Bothas Cave.
 
The gift shop at Didima camp sells a variety of souvenirs to purchase and there is restaurant and bar here where you can get a tasty meal and refreshment.
 
Kloofing or Canyoning


Kloofing in the Injisuthi valley is a 6-7 hour round trip. The Injisuthi valley is the hidden gem of the Drakensberg, as it is situated in the rural area of Loskop and therefore has not been developed for the tourism industry. The only accommodation in the area is the Injisuthi Parks Board.
 
We drive in convoy (with your own vehicle) to the Valley, from our base at Dragon Peaks, in the Central Drakensberg, a 90km round trip. Vehicles are left at the foot of the mountain in the care of a car guard. The hike up takes about an hour. We then descend the kloof by abseiling down a cascade of waterfalls. No previous abseiling experience is needed. The abseils are all done by passive rappelling, in other words the guide lowers you down. This is quite a physical day out, so we do advise people to have a rather hi level of fitness. A light lunch is provided halfway down.

Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre


Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre is a collection of small shops on the R600 not far from Winterton. Although it sounds like a mall, it would be better described as the Drakensberg's version thereof - everything housed in lovely cool buildings with thatched roofs and ochre coloured walls.
 
That Thokozisa is Zulu for 'the happy meeting of ways' is a more abject way to describe this collection of shops, children's play area, coffee shop and a restaurant. They include a wine cellar, gemstone and craft shop, an outdoor shoe and hiking gear shop (perfect if you've left your boots behind), a clothing, and a jewellery shop.
 
You can pick up handwoven rugs, deli style food, a mug of coffee and have a massage, all in the space of time it takes to have a break before venturing into the 'berg.

White Water Tubing or Geckoing


Tube down a 450m stretch of class 1 rapids twice - almost a kilometre of fun - something the whole family can enjoy - Champagne Castle Adventure Centre is a one stop team building and family adventure destination, based at Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort in the Central Drakensberg.
 
The Sterkspruit is a low volume creek, and has a small catchment area, however in summer during the heavy rainfall periods it has plenty of water to make for some interesting white water tubing.
 
Tube down a 450m stretch of class 1-2 rapids twice - almost a kilometre of fun - something the whole family can enjoy. This is a guided trip and we also supply you with lifejackets, helmets and gecko’s (white water tubes). The put-in is only 10 minutes walk from our office and the take-out is right behind the office. The whole turn around trip takes only an hour.
 
Xeni Cave Hike


Xeni cave is a wonderful spot in which to overnight. Water flows over the top of the cave, providing an early morning shower facility, provided there has been enough rain (in winter it might not be so accommodating).
 
The cave, which lies in the Xeni valley, is large and deep, providing an almost perfect sleeping space on its large, flat floor (up to 30 hikers at a time could manage to sleep in here, although only 12 at a time are allowed up here).
 
From the entrance to the cave, the views out over the Mlambonja valley are superb.
 
The route is not difficult, intercepting no fewer than three rivers. It starts on tar from the hotel, before following a jeep track to the trout hatcheries, where a left takes one up the hill.



 

 

 

 

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