Activities to do in the Drakensberg this summer

Posted on Wed October 3, 2018.

Things to do in and around the Drakensberg these summer holidays!

Spring is now in full bloom, and here in the Underberg, we are welcoming the warmer weather and the longer days spent enjoying the great outdoors. Summer is fast approaching, as are the December holidays, and if you haven't planned an end of year getaway yet, then now is the time to do it. The beautiful Drakensberg Mountains and the wild Underberg surrounds are the perfect place to escape with your family this summer. Offering lots of activities for the kids and those young at heart, there will never be a dull moment!

Here are just some things you can do in the Drakensberg this summer:


Umzimkulu River Lodge is one of the best places in South Africa for fishing enthusiasts! The trout fishing season opened at the beginning of September and will until the end of May. Grab your rods and park yourself anywhere along our 2.5km of river frontage and start reeling in the wild rainbow and brown trout. Want to teach the kids how to fish? Our small bass dam and a trout dam on the neighbouring property provide endless hours of fun for all ages!

Fishing Drakensberg

Hiking and mountain biking

The sprawling Drakensberg Mountain range is an absolute haven for walking and hiking enthusiasts. From short walks in the nature reserves at the foot of the mountains to longer day, or even overnight treks, the Drakensberg has it all. If hiking just isn't your thing, then discovering the variety of trails on your mountain bike is also a possibility. Rock paintings, waterfalls, rock pools, and stunning vistas await!


The Drakensberg area and its surrounds have no shortage of 4x4 trails. The epic and bucket-list worthy Sani Pass is an absolute must-do for any 4x4 enthusiast while a number of other off-road adventures are dotted around this region. You can also combine the Drakensberg with a trip into Lesotho for more off-the-beaten-track discoveries!

4x4 drakensberg

Horse riding

The Underberg area is one of the best places in the berg to go horseriding. No matter your skill level, you can trek on our toughened mountain ponies into the surrounding farmlands, with the Drakensberg Mountains providing a beautiful background to your ride. Riding can be arranged on our neighbouring farm, 4km away, and kiddies lessons are even available if you really want to introduce the family to this exciting sport.

Horses Drakensberg


Here at Umzimkulu River Lodge, we have a personal checklist of over 100 birds. Tick them off one by one or join our challenge and add to our ever-growing list. If you are a real birding enthusiast then be sure to visit one of the vulture feeding sites or hides in the Drakensberg for your chance to see the gorgeous bearded vulture.

Birdwatching Drakensberg

Tubing and Canoeing

Located at the finish of the Drak Challenge, South Africa's extreme canoe marathon, Umzimkulu River Lodge is a great base for anyone that loves the water. Explore the river on one of our own canoes or join us for a day out tubing. On this epic adventure, you will be dropped 5km upstream and will tube back to the lodge. Lots of laughter and a great time of family bonding is on the cards!

Tubing Drakensberg


Whether you want to practice your swing at the driving range or spend a few hours out on the course, the Drakensberg is home to 19 different golf courses. Discover a new course every day or hone your skills at your favourite pick, either way, you won't be disappointed golfing in the Drakensberg!

Discover more things to do in the Drakensberg here or contact us to start planning your summer holiday in the Drakensberg!