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Listed under National Parks in Kwazulu, South Africa.

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The Dutch named it Drakensberg or ‘The Dragon Mountain’, but the Zulu people, whose magnificent home this has always been, call it Ukhahlamba or ‘The Barrier of Spears’. Both names suggest spines or spires of rock in a line, which is exactly what the photos of South Africa’s highest mountain range reveal. The rocky ridge splits the KwaZulu-Natal from the Kingdom of Lesotho and run 1000 kilometres, roughly parallel to the coastline. The peaks are basalt but lower down the range’s sandstone heart is revealed in colourful cliffs.

The San Bushmen once lived below the range, in the lush yellowwood forests, and in the caves and crevices they recorded the stories of their daily life in tens of thousands of rock paintings.

Snow capped in winter, if you’ve an adventurous spirit you can go ice climbing here as well as marginally safer rock climbing. Or abseiling, or white water rafting or exploring on foot, and if you’re a birdwatcher you’ll have almost 300 species to tick off your box.

The only road crossing the Drakensberg’s goes via the Sani Pass, at 3,000 metres above sea level the proud home of South Africa’s highest pub.

Drakensberg Region Website.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park”

The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts. Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges also … Read more...

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“Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa: One-minute wonder”

By Tim Jepson for The Telegraph Published: 13th Feb 2009 Where is it? This 620-mile range of mountains is in eastern South Africa. Why is it special? The scenery, especially in the north, is considered the most spectacular in South Africa, a sublime … Read more...

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