#13 Drakensberg Mountains
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The first European settlers called them 'Dragon Mountains'; the Zulus call them 'Barrier of Spears' - whatever you know them as, the Drakensberg mountain range is one of the most spectacular natural features of Africa.
The Drakensberg is situated in the Eastern parts of
The Drakensberg is home to many spectacular natural features, not least of which is the impressive Tugela Falls which tumble some 947m over the Amphitheatre in the
Various animals can be found around the ‘Berg including jackal, baboon and various species of buck, bird and reptile.
Weather patterns in the Drakensberg can be very unpredictable and mountaineers should always be prepared for the worst. Summers are mostly warm with very fearsome thunderstorms; Autumn usually brings low cloud, heavy mist and cool temperatures; Winter can be extreme with snow, ice, wind and dry conditions while Spring can be a surprising combination of the other seasons. Due to this unpredictable weather it is important that visitors to the ‘Berg be prepared for all conditions, from hot to freezing cold.
The Drakensberg is an enchanting area with untouched wilderness, high mountain peaks, incredible views and nature’s ancient architecture. It offers challenging trekking and mountaineering opportunities. It is a place of legend and magic.