The largest mountain range in South Africa, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, is a truly magical place. It’s no wonder that J.R.R. Tolkien saw this landscape as inspiration for the part of Middle Earth called the Misty Mountains. Expect to be met by incredible hiking trails and gorgeous pools at every turn, with the highlight being the Great Escarpment on the KwaZulu Natal part of the Drakensberg. The eastern portion of this range is a great piece of earth that elevates majestically and forms the shape of a dragon, this mythical creature spews out beautiful venom known as the Tugela Falls, the second highest waterfall in the world.
Add a bit of history to the magic and explore the hundreds of caves that can be found in the valleys and sandstone cliffs of the Drakensberg. Many of these cave walls tell the story of the nomadic San people who recorded their lives in rock art paintings throughout this area. In fact there are around 600 rock art sites with over 35 000 images depicting humans, animals and the complex spiritual life of the San over a 4000-year period. Other 19th and 20th century paintings are attributable to the Bantu.
Where to stay:
Camping, caravanning, hotels, B&Bs, guest lodges and farm stays are plentiful in and around the Berg.
Thank you @ramonmellett for this breathtaking image.
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