The Drakensberg is one of the most popular and well known regions in South Africa. Very popular for hikers, fishers, sports-enthusiasts and those that just want a peaceful time in nature, it's second to none for dramatic scenery, wildlife (especially birds) and all-round beauty.
As it's not close to any major conurbations, it's actually not very well known by tourists, but if you're thinking of South Africa, it's one of my top to-do's for anyone planning a trip.
Interesting facts about the Drakensberg:
- It was named the Drakensberg, or Dragon Mountains, by the first Voortrekkers travelling North into Africa from Durban.
- The Zulu name for the Drakensberg mountains is uKhahlamba, which translates to "Barrier of Spears".
- Part of the Southern Great Escarpment, which is the second longest Mountain range in the World (roughly 5000km long, running all the way into Angola).
- 182 Million years old, formed in the early Jurassic period.
- Has the worlds second highest waterfall - the Tugela falls - with a height of 983 meters.
- UNESCO world heritage sight.
- Thabana Ntlenyana, the Drakensbergs' highest peak, reaches an impressive 3,482 meters. Quite a climb to get up there!
As it's such a large and diverse region, I think it's worth dedicating some time and space to each of the Northern, Central & Southern ranges. Read on!
The Drakensberg Attractions
Please add a Comment! If you've travelled to The Drakensberg and want to share your experiences, or want to ask a question, here's your opportunity!
Please log in to add comments.