The Northern Drakensberg area runs along the Lesotho border between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. This is an area of spectacular mountains and deep forests, of quiet streams and fast flowing rivers. This area is most popular with those seeking to get away from the trials and tribulations of life in the big metropolis of Johannesburg, and is only a three-hour drive from the city.
The area has masses of excellent accommodation of all grades, from mountain hotel resorts to guesthouses and self-catering units. The area abounds with National Parks and other Nature Reserves. In the north is the Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve; while in the west lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. This is a haven for climbers, hikers and other nature lovers, while for the historian there are the many battlefields of the Anglo-Boer wars around the town of Ladysmith. The mountains in the Northern Drakensberg house some dramatic caves and shelters where a mass of bushman paintings can be seen.