Located in the central region of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage site is Didima Camp. This Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife managed park sits in the shadow of the stunning Cathedral Peak Mountain.
The imposing Cathedral Peak summits at 3004 meters and looking from the camp you will also see the Bell at a mere 2930 meters and the inner and outer horns, at respectively 3005 meters and 3006 meters. In comparison our highest peaks in the UK are Ben Nevis at 1344 meters and Snowden at 1085 meters.
The camp is therefore a hiker’s paradise and eight walks are within easy access. The walks vary from 2 hours to 9 hours and detailed maps are available from the main reception. It is vital that when hiking you sign the register in reception to ensure that staff know your hiking plans.
During hikes there is a wealth of flora and fauna below the basalt peaks. Baboons are a common site as are herds of eland. Keep an eye out for elusive snakes and otters. And in summer be amazed at the beauty of the flowering proteas.
If you do not want to hike and just want to spend some time in the mountains then Didima is perfect. The ‘huts’ themselves are unique and very modern, with kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, fireplace and satellite TV. There is even a Webber barbecue provided for the keen outdoor cook. General facilities also include a tennis court and swimming pool.
For those who do not want to cater for themselves there is a bar and restaurant on site. During our stay a conference was being hosted so the restaurant was offering a buffet meal priced at R160.00 (£14.00) per person, which we thought was excellent value. Pickled fish, calamari, salads, beef curry, roast meats, vegetables and a host of deserts were on offer.
The whole camp is ‘themed’ on the San people who lived in the area and left there mark in the form of rock art. It is actually one of the highest concentrations of rock art found anywhere in the world. The Didima Rock Art Centre, located within the camp, provided us with a fascinating insight into the lives of the San. The displays and film show will take you into the Sans daily lives, beliefs and superstitions.