It was proclaimed World Heritage site in 2000, South Africa’s first premier mountain wilderness and cultural site, on the border of SA and Lesotho and is mostly a vast national park, called now the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. This spectacular natural landscape also has many rock shelters, containing the largest and most concentrated group of San/Bushmen paintings (more than 6000 sites and featuring 22 000 paintings) in Africa, south of the Sahara. These were created by the San people over a period of at least 4000 yrs.
The highest range in Southern Africa, the “Dragon Mountains” or the “ Barrier of Spears”, reach their highest peaks along the border with Lesotho. The Mountain Range is actually an escarpment separating a high interior plateau from the coastal lowlands of Natal, and is the source of many streams, rivers and waterfalls which ultimately flow out in the sea.
The breath taking scenery of massive mountain peaks, rock structures, wide grasslands, and magnificent waterfalls, majestic rivers, pools and fern-carpeted forests – the Drakensberg is untouched, wild, unpopulated and unrivalled. It’s a paradise for hiking and fishing, reachable through Lotheni, Cobham, or Giant’s Castle.
The Southern Drakensberg
The most outstanding highlight is the hair-rising Sani Pass, the steep, abrupt hairpins that twist to the top of the escarpment to the highest point in Southern Africa reachable by wheels, starting at Underberg and Himeville. This is the only 4WD track into Lesotho from Kwa Zulu Natal. The pass it self, an experience of a life time, zigzags into the clouds, and draws increasingly more visitors from all over the world, to the “Roof of Africa”. An organised Tour with qualified operators or a 4WD, and a valid passport is required to conquer this magnificent pass, that once was a riverbed that started in Lesotho winding itself down to the sea. For accommodation and fully inclusive tours visit www.amazianlodge.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org