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About the Drakensberg - Overview

Views from Cleft Peak - Northern Drakensberg - South Africa

The Drakensberg is the main mountain range in Southern Africa. At 3482m Thebana-Ntlenyana is the highest peak south of Kilimanjaro. The 243 000 hectare Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, for both its natural and cultural significance.

This protected area with its vast vistas and dramatic peaks is complemented by a wealth of flora and fauna, including over 300 species of birdlife. There is always a chance of seeing the magnificent, rare and endangered Bearded Vulture soaring close overhead.

The park stretches for over 200km separating the Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho. From the massive basalt cliffs of its northern reaches to the soaring sandstone buttresses in the south, the ‘uKhahlamba’ or Barrier of Spears offers some of the finest hiking anywhere in Africa.

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