Drakensberg Mountains


It’s a surprising fact to our overseas visitors that the Zulu Kingdom has a mountain range. Known in English as the Drakensberg and in the Zulu language as uKhahlamba (barrier of spears), this 350 km range of mountains is a proclaimed World Heritage Site and is high enough to become snow-capped during the winter months. It is here, among the majesty of the mountains that one can still view some 35,000 ancient examples of San rock art, dating back to the Stone Age.


Adventure sports of all types are enjoyed in this mountain kingdom, from climbing, mountain biking and white water rafting to the more sedate pursuits of trout fishing in the crystal clear rivers, horse riding, camping and gentle hikes. In the mountains, the air is pristine, ‘champagne air’, we like to call it, and you will savour every breath.


On your walks, it is likely you will encounter many animal species, including the Eland, the world’s largest antelope. Baboons frequent the rocky outcrops and smaller mammals such as otter, porcupine and rock hyraxes are often seen. Leopards and caracals hunt in this territory, and although sightings are extremely rare, you may be thrilled to see tracks on your walks.


31 July 2006 23:57:45