My Top 3 Reasons To Visit The Drakensberg
The Drakensberg is an eco-tourist destination that stretches through quite a few provinces within the South African landscape. It also forms part of the border between South Africa and Lesotho.
These beautiful landscapes were once a spiritual home for the San people, whose rock paintings adorn many of the caves and cliff faces. Today a large section of the range has been proclaimed a conservation area and a World Heritage Site under the name Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.
Most visitors come to this part of South Africa to be rewarded by magnificent grazing herds of oribi, eland and reedbuck and a wealth of ancient San rock art sheltering in its caves.
But those are not the only reason to visit The Drakensberg. I've other 4 reasons why you my dear reader should take a #shortleft to this magnificent beautiful part of South Africa.
1. The Amphitheater
The Amphitheater is one of the most impressive cliffs faces on earth, running over 5km, at more 1 000 metres (3200 ft) high.
It's within the South African Royal Natal Park. Mont-Aux-Sources, South Africa's highest peak at just over 3 254 metres (11 000 ft), is part of the same complex. In summer it’s magically green with spectacular thunderclouds gathering late in the afternoon, while in winter it’s often under snow, and the grasses make the landscape yellow under clear blue skies. It’s worth checking out in both seasons.
2. Hike to see the world’s 2nd highest waterfall
Many rate this as the best hike in KwaZulu Natal - a trek through The Royal Natal Park to the Tugela Falls, which plunges over 948 metres (3,100 ft) from the Amphitheatre's cliff tops. The hike is 3 hours up to the point where you look up at the falls and 2 then hours down, along pathways lined with ferns and wildflowers, passing through patches of yellowwood forest. It's really not too strenuous, but take plenty of water as much of the way you're hiking above the river.
3. Bushman paintings
Bushman or San people have left behind delicate galleries of their art in caves all over the 'Berg. A short guided tour to a cave in the Royal Natal Park can be booked - call ahead to confirm the time. You'll get a spectacular view of the Amphitheater from the path.
4. Adventure activities
All Out Adventures has an amazing collection of equipment in a clearing in a forest near Montusi Mountain Lodge and The Cavern Resort & Spa, offering cable tours, paintball, quad biking, bungee bounce, zip line, king swing and flying trapeze - if you're into this mad stuff, you'll be entertained for hours. If not, they have a variety of good cakes and coffee, so it's still worth checking out.