Sights in Drakensberg

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Drakensberg has been divided into three parts: the Northern Drakensberg, comprising Royal Natal National Park and related attractions; Central Drakensberg or Berg; and Southern Drakensberg with Mkhomazi Wilderness Area.

The region also has some important townships such as Bergville and Winterton that provide most of the tourist facilities to the visitors.

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Northern Drakensberg

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Proclaimed in 1916, the Natal National Park contains some of the best sights that you can find in Africa. Some of the most popular activities in the park are camping, hiking, self-guided walking, river fishing, horse riding, swimming and picnicking.

The Amphitheatre located within the Royal Natal National Park area is a beautiful sight. It is a rock wall, 5 km in length and around 500 metres in height. The Rugged Glen Nature Reserve nearby is also a site worth visiting. Mont-aux Sources at 3,258 metres is the highest summit in this region and a popular hiking destination. more..

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Flora and Fauna

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There are 190 plant species that occur only in the Royal Natal Park apart from 35 amphibians, bird, and mammal species that occur in South African grassland and montane natives unique to the area. There are antelope species such as grey rhebuck (Pelea capreolus), common and mountain reedbuck, eland, grey duiker, oribi and klipspringer. Jackals and chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) also inhabit the park. Birds to look out for are the black eagle and the rare lammergeyer.

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Central Drakensberg

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The focus of the Mountain Meander, an initiative taken by the provincial tourism authority, is Central Drakensberg. The region comprises of Mlambonja Wilderness Area, Cathedral Peak, Ndumeni, Organ Pipes, Ndedema Gorge, Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, Cathkin Peak, Monk’s Cowl, Champagne Castle, Injasuti, and Giant’s Castle Game Reserve.

The Central Drakensberg region abounds in accommodation options like luxury resorts, country hotels, small B&Bs and camping sites. For the ones who don’t enjoy remaining idle, there is a multitude of art outlets, golf, fishing, and the more..

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Bergville

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Ensconced in the confluence of the mighty Tugela River and Sandspruit, Bergville is a prosperous and attractive little township. The town is a part of majestic Drakensberg Range, which almost encircles it and hovers constantly in awe-inspiring beauty and striking solidity as an ever-present sentinel over the area. The town is considered as the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg and has many important sites in its vicinity. Spioenkop Battlefield, Dam resort, and Rangeworthy Cemetery are some of the most important sites around the town. Bergville hosts a local cattle market on the more..

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Southern Drakensberg

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Southern Drakensberg was the first area to be explored by the white man. It also has one of the earliest hotels in Africa. The region is particularly known for the exciting fishing opportunities that it provides.

The important places in South Drakensberg are Mkhomazi Wilderness Area, Loteni, Highmoor, Kamberg, Vergelegen, Sani Pass, Mzimkhulu Wilderness Area, Mzimkhulwana Nature Reserve, Garden Castle, Rhino, Bushman’s Nek, Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail, Sehlabathebe National Park, Thomathu, Devil’s Knuckles, and Ramatseliso’s Nek.

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Winterton

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Winterton is a little settlement in the beautiful foothill country of the Cathedral Peak. This tree-lined village on the bank of Little Tugela was initially known as Springfield. The village was renamed in the year 1910 in honour of H. D. Winter, then secretary of Agriculture of Natal. The place still has an agricultural economy and known for its large-scale production of dairy products.

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San Rock Art

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With more than 600 rock shelters that houses over 35,000 individual paintings created by San hunter-gatherers, the Drakensberg region is the richest San rock art area in Africa. The paintings display images from the day-to-day life of the San people, the original inhabitants of the land. Hunting was the main occupation of the Sans and many of the paintings depict images of hunting and other pastimes. Most of the paintings were made during the last 400 years (the latest being just 200 years old) and depict rare battle scenes. A remarkable contrast that the paintings in Berg show more..

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Ladysmith

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Ladysmith is one of the oldest townships in the Zulu-Natal region. It was adopted in the year 1849 to be declared a town in the next year. Named after the Spanish wife of Sir Harry Smith, Ladysmith became an important transport centre in the years to come. The real prosperity of the town began when gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand (Gauteng Area) and diamonds in Kimberly after some time. The place played a very important role during the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902) and made headlines around the world. After the war, Ladysmith grew steadily and today it comes as a friendly more..

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