Drakensberg Hostels for Budget Travellers

Drakensberg Hostels for Budget Travellers
Drakensberg is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. The Great Escarpment reaches its greatest elevation in this region – 2,000 to 3,482 meters. If any landscape lives up to its airbrushed, publicity-shot reputation, it is the jagged, green sweep of the Drakensberg's tabletop peaks. This forms the boundary between South Africa and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, and offers some of the country's most awe-inspiring landscapes. Within the area is a vast 2430-sq-km sweep of basalt summits and buttresses; this section was formally granted World Heritage status in 2000, and was renamed uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Today, some of the vistas are recognizably South African, particularly the unforgettable curve of the Amphitheatre in Royal Natal National Park. Drakensberg means 'Mountain of the Dragons'; the Zulu named it Quathlamba, meaning 'Battlement of Spears'. The Zulu word is a more accurate description of the sheer escarpment, but the Afrikaans name captures something of the Drakensberg's otherworldly atmosphere. Drakensberg is a breathtaking destination with plenty to offer and these hostels provide an excellent base for exploring the area.

Dorm Bed from $15.83
Private Room from $15.92
Overall Rating: 100%
2 Piet Retief St Free State, Kestell, Drakensberg
Karma Backpacker's offers quiet, restful accommodation consisting of two double rooms; a triple bedroom ideal for a couple with a child’s bed; a family room that sleeps four, and a dormitory that sleeps six on three bunk beds. The property is located close to the Sentinel car park and is a great base from which to tackle the Amphitheatre day hike, one of the Drakensberg’s most thrilling. From the Sentinel parking area, the path takes you to the top of the mountain via the Chain Ladders, where you can enjoy the breath-taking view and also visit Mont-aux-Sources and the top of the Tugela Falls. Just off the route to the Sentinel car park, turning to Witsieshoek Resort, you can alternatively access many of the attractions of the Kwazulu-Natal’s Royal National Park. In a different direction, Golden Gate National Park is also within easy reach and you can continue to Clarens, a lovely village know for the many art galleries and restaurants. A two or three-night stay is ideal to enjoy the attractions of both the Drakensberg and the Maluti Mountains. The hostel offers an exciting and fun bicycle Township Tour, running daily. Internet access is free between 19:00 and 07:00 each night and through the weekend. The facility offers a common room, outdoor terrace, BBQ, and self-catering facilities. Linens and parking are free with your stay.

Dorm Bed from $18.54
Private Room from $28.09
Overall Rating: 99%
Drakensberg Gardens Road Underberg, Drakensberg
Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails and Accommodation, deep in the Southern Drakensberg, is the perfect base to explore, find adventure, or relax. It’s famous for its spectacular horse trails and multi-day, cross-border horseback Lesotho expedition. With 1300 hectares at your disposal, ride over the ridge-tops on horseback, hike to one of the mineral water pools, swim or fish the Umzimkulu river, mountain bike, or just take time out from your hectic day-to-day routine and unwind by a fire under the stars in the breathtaking scenery of the Southern Drakensberg. Whether you choose the rustic Backpackers Lodge, iconic self-catering Rondawels, pristine campsite or magnificent hand-built log cabin, this property has something ideal for solo travelers, romantic getaways, or group travelers. The accommodations provide rustic, lively, comfortable, clean, affordable lodging to suit the needs of any traveler. There’s the rustic and lively Backpackers Lodge, campsite with kitchen in the orchard next to the mountain stream, and 3 magnificent self-catering rondawels overlooking a secluded gorge. Escape the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities and spend precious time with friends and family in your own rondawel or head to the Lodge for the sociable atmosphere and embrace the wonderful travelers from all over the world. Khotso is nestled in the Underberg Valley just up from the majestic Umzimkulu River, with the breathtaking jagged skyline of the Southern Drakensberg mountains, and Lesotho sitting on the horizon. Herds of Eland and Blesbok roam freely, fish eagles, crowned cranes and cape vultures soar in the skies around Khotso’s very own Eland’s Peak, sitting at 1,800m above sea-level. The property offers a common room, outdoor terrace, BBQ area, and self-catering facilities. Linens, towels, parking, and Wi-Fi are all free with your stay.

Dorm Bed from $16.57
Private Room from $17.70
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 96%
R74, Northern Drakensberg, 3350 Ethels Drive R74, Drakensberg
You'll love this hostel because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service, a swimming pool, a bar, a common room, a games room, board games, and cable tv. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's a restaurant, a cafe, self-catering facilities, and a microwave. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, security lockers, luggage storage, 24 hour reception, parking, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.

Dorm Bed from $14.04
Private Room from $14.04
(Prices vary by season)
25.5km on Drakensberg Gardens Road Underberg, Drakensberg
This terrific hotel offers friendly service, a swimming pool, bicycle hire, and cable tv. The good location and overall vibe also make it very popular. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, parking, towels included, internet access, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.
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