Mighty, Majestic, Mountain... Ukhahlamba
Stretching majestically for 245km, the Drakensberg mountain range forms a natural barrier between the Western reaches of KwaZulu–Natal and the Kingdom of Lesotho. This is a mountain range of spectacular beauty, where golden sandstone and soaring basalt buttresses rise above the pristine steep-sided river valleys, rocky gorges and high rolling grasslands. With an elevation of 3000m, these magnificent mountains offer exceptional conditions and terrain for walking and hiking.
Hartford House boasts uninterrupted views of Giant's Castle, a nature reserve that derives its name from the outline of the escarpment peaks that together resemble the massive motif of a sleeping Giant. This beautiful reserve nestled on a plateau, high above the deep valleys of the Southern end of the Drakensberg is home to among many of Africa’s wildlife, the sacred Eland (Taurotragus Oryx), also known as the Southern Eland, the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus), also known as the Lammergeier, which has been nicknamed the 'Bone Eater of the Berg'. This incredible terrain has natural mountain streams of clear waters, lush grassy slopes and hidden valleys, sandstone cliffs and what the people of the berg call the “Champagne Pools”.
An ancient attraction within 45 minutes walk from the main resort is the spectacular San Rock Art paintings. When you arrive at these majestic caves, you will learn that for the Bushman, or San, rock paintings were not just representations of life, they were also repositories of it. Here you will also see that when the Bushman Shamans painted the Common Eland, they did not just pay homage to this sacred animal of well-being, they also harnessed the essence of its supernatural potency and great spiritual power.
The mighty Ukhahlamba is a place of awesome splendour, solitude and silence. When you visit Hartford House, please ask us to show you the way to this majestic place, you will not be disappointed!