Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park
Did you know?
The Drakensberg is home to the oldest fossilised dinosaur eggs in the world.
On the lower slopes of the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park, which straddles the border between South Africa and Lesotho, you will spot small herds of eland that migrate seasonally between the higher slopes of the berg and the sweeter grasses of the plains.
This is just one of Lesotho and South Africa's transfrontier park success stories. Through the collaboration between the two countries, animal populations in this mountain paradise have rallied and today large troops of baboons roam the mountainside and there are regular sightings of blesbok, oribi, duiker and, occasionally, the elusive leopard.
The wildlife is just one of the attractions of this Drakensberg transfrontier nature reserve. For many, the main feature is the mountain range itself - one of the most important water catchments in southern Africa. The Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Park boasts some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world.
This distinctive landscape is not only home to many species of animals and birds, it is also home to the highest concentrations of rock art south of the Sahara. There are approximately 600 known sites and almost 40 000 individual images, painted by the indigenous inhabitants of the area over a period of at least 4 000 years.
The transfrontier commitment between South Africa and Lesotho is more than a decade old and continuous efforts are being made to improve access to the area, known for its fabulous hiking trails and endless views.
Other attractions in the area include important palaeontological sites such as those where the oldest fossilised dinosaur eggs in the world were found, and key sites of late Iron Age settlements that define Basotho origins. South Africa and Lesotho are currently working on a 20-year strategy to guide their partnership.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)33 845 1000
How to get here
The most accessible areas of the Maloti-Drakensberg Tranfrontier Park are the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site in KwaZulu-Natal and Golden Gate National Park in the Free State province. Both are easily accessible by car.
Best time to visit
The area can be visited year round, but bear in mind that winters are usually bitterly cold and snow is common.
Self-drive is best though organised tours are also an option.
Length of stay
Anything from a few days to several weeks.
What to pack
Pack warm clothes, even in summer when evening temperatures can plummet.
Where to stay
There is a range of accommodation in the area to suit all budgets.