Magnificent mountain escapes in South Africa
Enchanting Mountain Ranges of South Africa
Are you a mountain lover that is happiest when at altitude? Then the enchanting mountain ranges of South Africa, with their towering peaks and beautiful valleys, are of the highest standard and will be sure to impress. And if the dramatic views, outdoor activities, fresh air and tranquility aren’t enough, then an array of luxury lodges in these rugged settings are likely to peak your interest too.
Here is a summary of an article published by Exclusive Getaways that focuses on five regions in South Africa that offer magnificent mountain escapes.
The phenomenal scenery in this province will leave you breathless, and the mountains provide an extensive array of outdoor activities — from hiking, climbing and abseiling; to horse riding, birding and fly fishing.
As the highest mountain range in South Africa, the mighty uKhahlamba-Drakensberg is a World Heritage Site that extends over 1,000km, with peaks towering to 3,475 metres high. This is a mountaineer’s and a photographer’s paradise, and the ancient rock paintings in the area add another fascinating dimension to any experience here.
The Drakensberg has several distinctive landmarks. Cathedral Peak is over 3,000 metres high and is perfect for a full day’s climb if you’re in good shape. The Amphitheatre is another geographic feature not to be missed and, on a clear day after the rains, the Tugela Falls can be seen plunging one kilometre down its remarkable cliff face.
2. Northern Cape
The Northern Cape may be best known for the Namaqualand region, which comes to life each spring with colourful wildflowers as far as the eye can see. However, it also boasts a mountain by the name of Spektakelberg, which is nothing short of a spectacle of nature, and provides stunning scenery, hikes and drives for mountain enthusiasts.
3. Eastern Cape
There aren’t many places in the world where mountains and wildlife go hand in hand. However, the scenic heights of the Zuurberg Mountains not only offer splendid vistas but also the chance to go on private game drives, horse trails or walking safaris in the nearby Addo Elephant Park (link to Luxury Addo article). Elegance, elevation and elephants make for an exciting experience here.
4. Western Cape
There is no shortage of mountains in the Western Cape. Once you’ve tackled Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head in Cape Town, then make your way to the Groenfontein Valley of the Little Karoo. The secluded Swartberg Mountains, with its peaceful waterways, offer a natural wonderland where you can hike, swim, fish, or simply sit and contemplate the beauty of the world around you.
Alternatively, the majestic Cederberg Mountains are situated about 300km north of the Mother City, and the rugged sandstone formations of its ancient landscape provide excellent photographic opportunities. This unspoiled wilderness is the perfect place to unleash the explorer in you, and this rocky paradise provides something a bit out of the ordinary for mountain lovers.
The Magaliesberg Mountains, which stretch from Pretoria to Pilanesberg, are said to be older than Everest. This beautiful area doesn’t just offer the perfect getaway from big city life, but it is also a countryside haven for those who appreciate the majesty of mountains.
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