SA – The Drakensberg

The Drakensberg (meaning “Dragon Mountains”) stretches for over 1000 km and runs pararelly to the Indian Ocean’s coastline. Its eldest parts were formed almost 200.000.000 years ago when the supercontinent of Godwana started to fall apart. Most of the higher South African parts of the range have been designated as game reserves or wilderness areas. Of these the UKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park was listed by UNESCO in 2000 as a World Heritage site. The park is also in the List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Here, in the northern Drakensberg, you will find what is regarded one of the most impressive cliff faces on earth. The Amphitheatre – as it’s called – is roughly three times the size of the total combined area of all the cliff faces in Yosemite’s famous El Capitan. Rising over 3000 meters above the sea level, it’s around 5 km long (!) and has precipitous cliffs approximately 1,220 metres tall along its entire length. From it’s tops plunge the second tallest falls in the world, The Tugela Falls. In case the words and numbers are not enough to tempt you, maybe the pictures will.