• Bitten by the whale watching bug Bitten by the whale watching bug We don’t realise how lucky we are in South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, to have the mightiest of the marine mammals visit our coastline between every year ...
  • The Whale Trail The Whale Trail The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps comparable with ...
  • 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa Combine your trip to South Africa with a relaxing, revitalising visit to a health spa and experience Africa at it's finest. Our favourite 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa are ...
  • Locals share their favourite getaways Locals share their favourite getaways We ask 30 local South Africans to share their favourite holiday destinations and getaways with us. From the more popular destinations like Knysna and the Kruger Park to ...
  • The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip walk shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandudno ...
  • 10 Amazing Game Lodges 10 Amazing Game Lodges South Africa is world renowned for her game reserves and wildlife. The lodges which allow us to experience these in luxury are no less awe inspiring. Our favourites are ...
  • 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for the school holidays, the words "I’m bored" inevitably cross their lips. Our "101 things to do with kids in Cape Town" will ...
  • "World's most beautiful Cities" "World's most beautiful Cities" Open space makes Cape Town special. Renowned English sea navigator Sir Francis Drake once referred to Cape Town as the fairest cape in the world. The city houses the ...

Find Accommodation in South Africa
Subscribe to our Feed
Posted on: Tuesday, 6 November 2012

5 Rocking Mountain Ranges

Posted to: Attractions
Send to Kindle
Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg Mountains

The South African landscape is magnificent, there is no doubt. This beauty is made up of coastal stretches, dense forests, lush valleys and arid desert. Another major natural feature that really adds to the complexity and splendour are the many imposing mountains that litter the horizon. These mountains make for incredible hiking and walking opportunities, but also for abseiling, mountain climbing, kloofing and caving.

A mountain holiday is amazing for families, couples, corporate groups and outdoor enthusiasts. It offers so much in terms of stunning views and plenty of activities. It is also usually more budget-friendly than costly hotels or other high-end vacation options.

Here are five of South Africa’s many, many mountains:

The Drakensberg Mountain Range

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

At 3483 metres high, this is the highest mountain range in the country and is made up of a number of individual mountains. It covers five South African provinces. The fauna and flora in the Drakensberg really is unrivalled in terms of variety and beauty. Some of the areas are virtually untouched, giving it natural integrity. There are countless cave paintings, which are so fun to explore and discover.

See Drakensberg Holiday Accommodation

See Drakensberg Attractions

Table Mountain

Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lion’s Head have become the iconic representations of Cape Town. They are visible from almost anywhere in the city and create a fabulous backdrop for so many of the beaches. There are a number of trails that lead to the peaks of these mountains, some a lot tougher than others. Table Mountain has a modern cable car, which transports people to its flat top, from which the Western Cape is showcased to perfection.

Pilansberg

Pilansberg

See Cape Town Holiday Accommodation

See Cape Town Attractions

Pilanesberg

Formed by an ancient volcanic eruption, this mountain range of the North West Province is created by three concentric hills. This round geological formation is within the protection of the greater Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The ancient nature of this range is haunting in its beauty, creating a really mysterious ambience in which to enjoy the country as it is showcased magnificently.

See Pilansberg Holiday Accommodation

Baviaanskloof

Baviaanskloof

Baviaanskloof

The Baviaanskloof is in the Eastern Cape and covers well over a million acres. The topography is unique and the vegetation typical of this part of South Africa; that is, scrubby and varied. The Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountains run parallel to one another, creating a long valley that is home to an enormous range of animals, including leopards. There are many accommodation options within Baviaanskloof, ranging from lodges to camping facilities, and even guesthouses inside caves.

See Baviaanskloof Holiday Accommodation

See Baviaanskloof Attractions

The Amatola Mountain Range

Amatola Mountain Range

Amatola Mountain Range

The Amatola (or Amatole) Mountain Range is covered by lush green forests and is famous for its spectacular waterfalls. Nearby towns include Hogsback, King William’s Town, East London and Stutterheim. One of the Amatola hiking trails extends for six days and is recognised as one of the best trails in the country.

See Amatola Holiday Accommodation

See Amatola Attractions

Destination Info

 

Baviaanskloof

 

Amelia Meyer

About 

Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

Related Posts: