Drakensberg

Drakensberg mountains are the highest in Southern Africa, rising up at Thabana Ntlenyana to 3,482 min height. Due to their Geological formation they are exceptionally distinctive, and almost unique among mountain ranges the world over. Only the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia resemble the Drakensberg strongly. Extending from northeast to southwest for around 1,125 km, Drakensberg is part of the Great Escarpment and the main watershed of South Africa.

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The region is home to some of the best natural reserves in the entire African continent. Drakensberg is synonymous with exotic and rare flora and fauna that too in overwhelming numbers. With such a plethora of natural wonders present, it should not come as a surprise for most that this region has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO recently.

The local Zulu name for Drakensberg is Quathlamba or ‘The Barrier of Spears,’ an accurate description for Drakensberg that rises over 3,000 metres in height. The mountains are source of many rivers like Tugela (the largest in the province), which create breathtaking sights during their course of journey. Drakensberg is also an important region for adventure activities like mountaineering, camping, bird watching, river crossing, trout fishing, and the like. For the mountaineers, climbing the peaks in this region has always remained a challenge. Because of its difficult terrain, many of the peaks still remain unconquered and attract daredevils from all over the world.

Giants Castle – Giants Casle offers some of the most wonderful hiking opportunities available in the Central Drakensbeg. Don’t expect to find mass tourism here infact its quite possible to see no body except the game guard at the park entrance. The Bushman rock art at the main caves is very well known but check out what Kamberg offers too as the rock art there is infinitely better preserved.

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