Cathedral Peak

Cathedral Peak is another beautiful part of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park (a World Heritage Site). Located in the central Drakensberg, the area is well-known for its dramatic scenery: Craggy peaks (Cathedral Peak itself rises to an altitude of over 3000 metres) and sheer rock faces, steep grass-covered slopes and deep valleys vegetated by indigenous forests and drained by crystal-clear mountain streams.

These magnificent surroundings make the Cathedral Peak area a favourite haunt for hikers with numerous trails ranging from a few hours to several days in length traversing the mountain range (with a large number of caves providing an interesting overnight camping option). Other activities on offer include trout fishing, bird and game viewing, mountain biking and a guided drive along Mike’s Pass for stunning vistas of the escarpment.

Accommodation is available at the privately-operated Cathedral Peak Hotel, the luxurious Didima Camp, and a neat camping area with modern hot-and-cold ablution facilities. Didima, like its sister-Drakensberg Resorts at Royal Natal further north and Giant’s Castle further south, is operated by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The accommodation units have been built in a unique style reminiscent of the caves that the area is so well-known for. These caves were in years past used as dwellings by the nomadic San people, and the San Rock Art Interpretive Centre at Didima is an excellent place to learn more about their fascinating art and culture.

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