Drakensberg Information

The Drakensberg

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