The Drakensberg mountains
of South Africa (also named uKhahlamba, the Barrier of Spears,
by the Zulu people) is a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland
and world heritage site covering 243 000 hectares of land. The
largest proportion of the Drakensberg area falls in the province
The name 'Drakensberg' came down from the Dutch
Voortrekkers and means "The Dragon Mountain", due to
the distinct shape of a dragon formed by the mountain range at
In winter, snowcapped cliffs tower over riverine
bush, lush yellowwood forests, a wealth of biological diversity
and cascading waterfalls, forming a massive barrier separating
KwaZulu-Natal from the Kingdom of Lesotho. The only road access
from Lesotho to the Drakensberg is via Sani Pass, which at the
top, boasts the highest pub on Africa, 3 000 metres above sea
level. The area is also home to 290 species of birds, 48 species
of mammals and a variety or rare plantlife.
Another attraction to this world heritage site
is the San bushman paintings which have been preserved and venerated
for eons since the San people or bushmen roamed these slopes.
Tens of thousands of paintings depicting their daily life can
be found on the rock faces.
Activities in the area include rock climbing,
mountain hikes, or more gentle walks, abseiling, white water rafting,
helicopter rides, quad biking, and raptor displays. This is all
complimented by an array of shops,m local craft markets, restaurants,
golf courses resorts and spas.
The KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg area can be divided
into Bergville and the Northern Drakensberg; Winterton and the
Central Drakensberg; Himeville, Underberg and the Southern Drakensberg
and East Griqualand and Umzimkhulu..
If you would like to receive a brochure on the
Drakensberg of KwaZulu-Natal, please send an email requesting
one to email@example.com.
Tel: 036 488 1207 / 036 488 1273
Fax : 036 488 1846
Visit www.kzn.org.za for more information