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Hiking South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains

Hiking South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains

Stretching over some 200 kilometers, from the Sentinal in the north to Bushman’s Nek in the south, the Drakensberg mountain range is one of the largest protected areas in Southern Africa.

Covering over 600,000 acres in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province, the area consists of six game parks and six state forests. It is a world of spectacular sandstone cliffs, towering peaks – often snow capped – waterfalls, soaring buttresses and it’s the home of the bearded vulture, the Lammergaier.

Giants Castle is a favorite. An easy trail traverses the gentle foothill area, where the wildlife is incredible. Look out for baboons, many species of birds, unusual wildflowers and woody plants.

If you long for heights, Cathedral Peak is a good choice. This mystical area is also the home of many ancient Bushman paintings. We made it to the top and back in a day, and the view was overwhelming. On a clear day you can see every peak of the mountain range!

Based at Tendele camp you can spend a week at the Amphitheater, hiking a different trail every day. Little wonder then that the ‘Berg’ are South Africa’s most popular hiking and mountaineering area.

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