Drakensberg

Where the water runs clean and cool.

Drakensberg

The Drakensberg (literally meaning Dragon's Mountain) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having qualified in 2000 for both its natural and cultural wonders. Most of the range encompasses the well managed uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park. The Drakensberg range is made up primarily of sandstone with a chunky basalt cap. Over the centuries the elements have taken their toll on the basalt, forming the characteristic steep-sided blocks and pinnacles which attract visitors from all over the world.

The Amphitheatre, Giant's Peak, Cathedral Peak and Mont-Aux-Sources are well known Drakensberg attractions. Mont Aux Sources is the source of the Tugela river, which falls over a series of cliffs to create the spectacular Tugela Falls. The Sani Pass is in the south.

Four Valleys make up the Drakensberg region. The Champagne Valley in the Central Berg, through the Cathedral Peak and Didima Valley; the Royal Natal National Park and Amphitheatre Valley; and finally the Middledale Pass Valley in the Northern Berg. Each valley has its own distinctive character and beauty. But what they share are magnificent mountain views. The region's animal checklist includes the black Eagle, bearded Vulture and small herds of Eland antelope, as well as troops of baboons. Some of the more elusive creatures include blesbuck, oribi, and mountain reedbuck. It is not uncommon to spot a duiker, deftly springing on the moutain slopes.

This area is as old as time. You can feel it. The foothills and caves of the Drakensberg contain over 35,000 San rock art images - evidence of the tiny, indigenous people who practiced a prehistoric lifestyle in the area hundreds of years ago.

This is one of the few places on earth where the water runs clean and cool, the wind blows fresh and clear, and the natural resources remain protected.