The main mountain range of Southern Africa
Information about these mountains!
The Drakensberg rises to more than 11,400 feet (3,475 metres) and extends roughly northeast to southwest for 700 miles (1,125 km) parallel to the southeastern coast of South Africa. The most-elevated stretch of the Drakensberg, in eastern and southern Lesotho, is composed of severely eroded basalt capping a sandstone base.Northeast of the juncture of the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, and Lesotho borders, the Drakensberg becomes progressively less elevated, the steep eastern escarpment giving way to gentle slopes; north of the town of Belfast in Mpumalanga province, the range once again becomes more rugged, attaining heights of more than 7,600 feet (2,300 metres).
Best views from the mountains!
There are many site seeing activities!
Rock and cave art several thousands of years old has been found in the range. There are many game reserves and parks. In 2000 Drakensberg Park was designated a UNESCO world heritage site.
The Drakensberg of Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal is snowcapped in winter. Mountaineering is challenging, and some peaks remain unclimbed because of difficult access. The natural tussock steppe is not farmed or developed, and this area is dotted with mountain resorts and camping grounds.
A walk through the Drakensberg Mountains