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THE DRAKENSBERG - A BARRIER OF SPEARS

Posted on Monday, 15th Jun 2015

A prominent and magnificent rampart of saw-edged ridges, bulging overhangs, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls and high-reaching summits. The Zulu people named it 'Ukhahlamba' meaning 'Barrier of Spears' and the Dutch Voortrekkers named it ‘Drakensberge’ meaning ‘Dragon Mountain'.

The Drakensberg is the name of the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment and is South Africa’s highest mountain range, rising to over 3000 meters. The escarpment stretches for over 1000 km from the Eastern Cape Province in the South, to as far North as Tzaneen in Limpopo Province. Forming borders between KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho, the Free State and Mpumalanga. It takes about 3 hours (each way) to reach the Drakensberg from either Durban or Johannesburg, both beautifully scenic but vastly different.

Made up of a number of game and forest reserves, the Drakensberg has been awarded World Heritage status for its sheer beauty, diverse fauna and flora as well as the extensively rich history found in its caves - over 40 000 San rock art painting have been discovered, the largest collection of its kind in the world. The paintings are said to be outstanding in both quality and subject matter.

The accommodation in the area suits the Drakensberg perfectly. Old, established, unpretentious venues offer a host of exciting day activities and plenty of advice on what to do and where to go. From walks, hikes, climbs and drives to golfing, fishing, white water rafting and horseback riding. People come for the solitude and serenity that the mountains provide and the clean, fresh mountain air is bound to leave you feeling refreshed.

Posted in Jewels of Southern Africa

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