The Drakensberg Mountains
Drakensberg Mountains extend from the North
of Kwazulu Natal to the South of Kwazulu Natal.
The Zulu refferd to the Drakensberg as a barrier
of spears 'Ukhahlamba' the name from where the
world herritage site is derrived. Ukhahlamba
Drakensberg National Park
The Drakensberg mountains rise as high as 3000m,
and host some of the most popular South African
Nature Reserves. Well-known names, such as Mount-aux-Sources
and the Natal
Royal National Park, recently renamed the
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, draw the attention
of local as well as overseas tourists to enjoy
the unique, majestic and breathtaking views.
Drakensberg is an area of magnificent natural
beauty. One such scenic wonder is the Amphitheatre
which lies on the eastern edge of the Mount-aux-Sources,
a 3000m high plateau and the source of the Tugela
River and eight other rivers. In the Tugela
River one can see the most spectacular waterfall,
Falls which is the second highest waterfall
in the world.
large terrain, over 8000ha, can be explored
on horseback with horses available for hire
and there are more than 30 walks and climbs
ranging from 3km's for beginners to over 45km's
for the experienced.
Drakensberg area includes a solid basalt
rock wall maintained at a level of over 3000m
for some 35 kilometres ending in a massive corner
stone known as Giant's
almost a century ago, Giant's
Castle Game Reserve can be found on the
foothills and a series of caves, which contain
thousands of Bushman
rock painting sites - evidence of the small,
primitive San people who practiced a prehistoric
life style in the area long ago.
earliest of these paintings are about 800 years
old, and the golden age of the painters was
between 400 and 200 years ago. The paintings
are mainly of people, their equipment and animals,
wild and domestic.
Drakensberg ranges from Giant's Castle to
Kwazulu Natal's southernmost section of the
Bushmans Nek. Bushmans Nek is one of two official
entries into Lesotho
Natal and can be made on foot or horseback.
Sani Pass, the highest in South Africa is the
other and the only road link.
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park has also recently
been declared the fourth World Heritage Site
The Drakensberg Mountains are synonymous with
rare and exquisite flora - such as cycads. It
is also home to a variety of wildlife. Some
of the wildlife seen in the Drakensberg includes
the eland, the largest of the African antelope,
oribi, jackal, baboon and porcupine. The highlight,
however, is a trip to the 'vulture hideout'
for an unforgettable birdwatching experience.
main attraction is the rare Bearded Vulture,
the largest of Africa's birds of prey with a
wing span of nearly 3 metres. Nearly 150 bird
species have been recorded including the Black
Eagle and the Cape Vulture to name but a few.
The Drakensberg has something to offer hikers,
rock climbers, trout
fishermen, and other holidaymakers. For
the more adventurous there are also many trails
which use caves up in the mountains for the
overnight stops. A weekend of hiking and climbing,
interspersed with dips in the icy pools and
rivers, goes a long way to restoring those weary
of city life. Hikers and climbers should however
note that there are 24 species of snakes in
these mountains, many of them dangerous.
Drakensberg Peaks are: Mount-aux-Sources (3282m),
Peak (3004m), Cleft Peak (3280m), Cathkin
Peak (3181m), Champagne
Castle (3377m), Giant's Castle (3314m),
Indumeni Peak (3200m), Ndedma Peak (3078m),
Organ Pipes (2914m), Gatberg (2408m), Monk's
Cowl (3234m), Windsor Castle (3065m), Castle
Buttress (3053) and The
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GPS Location (see
Latitude: 29° 8' 34.02" S
Longitude: 29° 49' 0.18" E
Between Estcourt and Mooi River towards Giants
Castle in the Central Drakensberg.