Sani pass to Thabana Ntlenyana, Lesotho's highest peak

Eco tourism Drakensberg

Eco tourism involves responsible travel to natural areas focusing on conserving the environment, sustaining the well being of the local people, education and interpretation of the local flora, fauna and culture, while minimizing our impact on these fragile & pristine natural areas.

The scenic South African Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Mountain Park World Heritage Site is a rich wildlife sanctuary, with a diverse range of natural habitats, that host a high level of endangered and rare animals and plants.  There really is no better place to explore a more unique and relatively undisturbed natural area than Ukhahlamba – The Drakensberg Mountains – one of South Africa’s premier ecotourism destinations!

The Drakensberg is not just a World Heritage Site but a wonder of nature waiting to be explored. Not only is it vitally important as source of fresh water for South Africa but is 1 of only 20 World Heritage sites that boasts two reasons for it’s classification – Culture and Nature!

The area encompasses distinct landscape and biological diversity and is rich in species like the Bearded Vulture, Cape Vulture breeding colonies, Klipspringer, Drakensberg Cycad, and over 26 species of frogs. A large percentage of the flora and fauna in the Drakensberg are endemic to this area.

The Basotho herdsmen and Zulu subsistence farmers still call the Drakensberg their home, and this area has a rich history of human occupation dating back to the Stone Age. The Drakensberg is home to a significant concentration of San Rock Art that can be seen all across the entire mountain range in the hundreds of sandstone caves and rock shelters – the largest group of Bushman Paintings south of the Sahara!

By bringing tourism to the area we are trying to create an awareness of this unique ecosystem and contribute to local community development through nature-based tourism.

Eco tourism Drakensberg helps us touch nature.

We tread lightly on the earth.

“Take only photographs, leave only footprints, and kill nothing but time” is our motto. We are a locally owned and operated trekking company that finely blends responsible travel with the exploration of natural areas, while safeguarding the integrity of the ecosystem and providing economic benefits and empowerment to the local communities that reside in the Drakensberg area. We carry all our equipment on our backs and we don’t use established base camps so that when we leave an area there is no trace that we have ever been there!

We use local Zulu tribesmen as porters to provide direct financial benefits and empowerment to their community. This gives us the opportunity to learn about their local customs, culture & history. All this while we hike into relatively undisturbed areas in order to appreciate and enjoy nature while promoting conservation and socially responsible travel.

Eco tourism Drakensberg