If any landscape lives up to its airbrushed, publicity-shot alter ego, it is the jagged, inexperienced sweep of the Drakensberg’s tablerop peaks. This types the boundary between South Africa and the Mountain kingdom of Lesotho, and gives some of the country’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.
Within the region is a significant 2430 sq.km sweep of basalt summits and buttresses; this section was formally granted World Heritage reputation in 2000, and was renamed uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Today, some of the vistas are recognizably South African, specially the unforgettable curve of the Amphitheatre in Royal Natal National Park.
Drakensberg means ‘Mountain of the Dragons’, the Zulu named it Quathlamba, that means ‘Battlement of Spears’. The Zulu phrase is a extra accurate description of the sheer escarpment, however the Afrikaans identity captures some thing of the Drakensberg’s otherworldly atmosphere.
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