In the far north of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park is Cathedral Peak Nature Reserve, which has some of the most dramatic scenery of the entire Drakensberg range. It also has some of the most demanding hiking trails, and very few – well, not really any – that are even remotely flat. But those who are able to push through the pain of lots and lots of climbing will be rewarded with some absolutely stunning views of the valleys and peaks that make up the Drakensberg range. There are not many places that can compare to this area for breath-taking panoramic views, but it does its best to fullfill the old adage ‘no pain, no gain’. Cathedral Peak (3004 m) is an arduous day-walk, but there are also numerous multi-day options for those willing to carry camping gear around. For a bit of cultured learning, the San Rock Art Centre provides many interesting insight into the lives of the San, who arrived in these mountains tens of thousands of years ago. And finally, a secret for those who wish to take in the scenery without spending an entire day in hiking boots: it is possible to drive up to Mike’s Pass, which more than holds its own as far as views go even if the sense of achievement may be lacking.