This great escarpment is called the Drakensberg at the place where its form and height is the most impressive. It separates the Highveld, the plateau behind the escarpment, from the Lowveld, the shore of South Africa. It stretches from the north to the Royal National Parkand to the south for hundreds of kilometer alongside the Lesotho- and Swaziland Kingdom.
The Mountains originated and took shape in the break off of Gondwanaland and later through erosion. The highest point in South Africa is the Injisuthi dome with 3049 meter. The highest point of the Drakensberg is actually in Lesotho 3482 meters, called the Maluti Range. The zulu people call the formation "Barrier of Speers" or ukhahlamba. One of the highlights is the Amphitheatre in the Royal national Park.
The Drakensberg is a must if you are visiting South Africa. Here are various Nature reserves and open spaces to relax, hike, pony trek, swim or trout fishing. On your hike you might see an Eland, South Africa’s biggest antelope or one of the rare species as the black eagle or the bearded Vulture. Rock paintings are plenty full in this region and some are seen with an easy hike. There are a lot of hikes to choose from and well marked so it is no problem to go n your own without any guide. You should inform somebody before you go on a hike.
In the Drakensberg it can be very hot in summer (November – February) with cool evenings. We also get quite thick fog in these months. Most of the rain is in October – March with heavy rainstorms in the afternoon or night. In Winter (April – September) the top of the escarpment is the only place in South Africa where you might find snow. It gets cold in June and July with sunny days.
- Royal national park
- Great nature hikes
- Rock paintings