Drakensberg in South Africa

Accommodation in Drakensberg

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Drakensberg

The Drakensberg, dominates KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho and is named after the legend of the dragons that once lived there. The majestic Drakensberg is the country's highest and most impressive mountain range rising to over 3 000 meters.

Known to the Zulu people as Ukhahlamba, or 'Barrier of Spears', the Drakensberg provides a magnificent semi-circular border between KwaZulu-Natal and the inland mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The Tugela River plunges some 2 000 meters over the edge of the Mont-aux-Sources Plateau in a spectacular waterfall. This waterfall is the second highest waterfall in the world.

The escarpment is frequently covered in snow in the winter months, transforming the area into a picture-postcard winter wonderland.

The mountains also contain thousands of Bushman painting sites, evidence of the small, primitive San people who practised a prehistoric life style in the area long ago. The earliest of these paintings are about 800 years old, and the golden age of the painters was between 400 and 200 years ago.

Cathedral Peak is known as one of the country's prime mountaineering areas. Several deep valleys are carved through the foothills and the area is noteworthy for its dense forests. The Ndedema Gorge is famous for being one of the most important storehouses of Bushman rock art.

Cathkin Peak - This majestic basalt massif stands proud of the main wall of the Drakensberg, its flat-topped, steepsided bulk dominating the entire range. So formidable is this peak that the Zulus named it 'Mdedelelo', which means 'make way for him', the name usually applied to a bully. Behind Cathkin Peak, forming part of the escarpment, is Champagne Castle, at 3377m the second-highest peak in South Africa.