If you like to experience a variety of culture, craft and art, the Maloti-Drakensberg Heritage Route is yours for the travelling. From the landscape painters of Clarens to the Basotho cultural villages and the vast network of rock art by the San in Lesotho, it's an unbeatable experience.

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Lesotho's ponies are famed for their sure-footedness and pony treks into the mountains are a popular attraction.

The Maloti-Drakensberg Heritage Route is a joint eco-tourism initiative between South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho. The route features approximately 13 000km2 of the most awe-inspiring mountain scenery along South Africa's north-eastern border with Lesotho, including parts of the Drakensberg Mountains on the KwaZulu-Natal side, a Lesotho national park and the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site.

Famous names like the Amphitheatre and Giant's Castle fall within its ambit and if you're a hiker or nature lover, you will fall in love with the wild all over again as you amble along the contour paths that criss-cross these popular and scenic parts of the Drakensberg range.

More than 22 000 San rock art paintings, recording the daily lives and spiritual adventures of the so-called First People, are to be found on this route,

In summer, the Maloti Drakensberg Heritage Route is a place of extraordinary beauty – pistachio-green grasslands, high twists of montane forest, clear streams, a fairy world of tree ferns and mosses that begs to be explored on foot.

But winter is when the mountains are at their grandest, their most implacably majestic, covered in a fondant-white snow and beckoning adventurers to take to their slopes at Afriski or watch raptors soaring above the escarpment at Sani Pass.

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