The Drakansberg Mountains and its foothills combine spectacular scenery with turbulent history. The Drakensberg is the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, a lengthy plateau edge with steep slopes that stretches for over 600 miles from the south to the north-east of South Africa. The Mountains themselves offer excellent hiking opportunities with several mountain hotels serving as bases for day walks and other adventure activities.
There foothills of the Draksneberg are steeped in history, with clashes between the British, Zulus and Boers taking place here. Some of the more notable military clashes include the Siege of Ladysmith (1899-1890), the Battle of Willow Grange (1899) and the Battle of Ulundi (1879), which was the final clash of the Anglo-Zulu War. The area is home to the largest concentration of battlefields in the country, with the battles that took place here having profound effects on both the country itself and the wider world. There are several excellent lodges which serve as bases for exploring the battlefields, hiking, mountain biking and horse riding.