Drakensberg – at the edge of heaven


The Drakensberg or uKhahlamba as it is known in Zulu – meaning the Barrier of Spears, on the boarder of Kwa-Zulu Natal and the tiny mountain kingdom Lesotho, must be one of the best hiking destinations in the world. Many of the beautiful views are accessible on a day-hike (albeit a rather strenuous one), and if you have time to go overnight you will be rewarded with absolutely breathtaking vistas. The pictures below are from The Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg and Monks Cowl in the Central Berg (most South Africans refer to the Drakensberg as “the Berg”). Permits are sold at the entrypoints to the World Heritage Site at a very reasonable cost (around ZAR 100 per person overnight). Day hikes can be done by most people with a reasonable fitness level, bearing in mind that it is a steep climb (and subsequent descent at the end of the day), but overnight hikes should only be attempted by people with previous hiking experience.







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