NAJCSG Day 08 – 09: Ukhahlamba Drakensburg Park

September 21, 2017 Comments Off on NAJCSG Day 08 – 09: Ukhahlamba Drakensburg Park
Andrew Walton
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Ukhahlamba Drakensburg Park

Enjoy your last swim or final walk on the beach before saying our bidding farewell to to the golden beaches of KwaZulu Natal and journey inland to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg, or Royal Natal National Park, which is part of the massive and beautifully picturesque Drakensberg Escarpment. The Drakensberg is South Africa’s tallest range of mountains with summits of over 3,000 metres. The next day is spent exploring the beautiful mountains of Drakensberg. One of the most well-loved activities here is hiking and therefore, your guides will happily lead you on a gorgeous hike if you have not already opted to partake in other optional activities.

The Royal Natal (Ukhahlamba) National Park (‘Barrier of Spears’) is a world heritage site that boasts some of the most remarkable mountain settings in all of Africa. The vivid features include elevated grasslands, immaculate steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges. The key characteristic is the world-renowned Amphitheatre, a rock wall around 5 kilometres long and over 500 metres tall. Above the amphitheatre is Mont-aux-Sources peak where the Orange (Gariep) river starts its travel to the Atlantic Ocean and Thukela River, flowing down the face of the amphitheatre, creating one of the tallest waterfalls in the entire world.

The most prevalent activity at Royal Natal is definitely the sport of hiking. An all-inclusive hiking guide will be available to buy at the Visitor Centre, at Thendele camp and at the main entrance gate. This brochure includes a comprehensive map of the Park as well as the systems of hiking trails which all lead to every section of the Park, ranging from a relaxed stroll to Fairy Glen to the physically demanding trek up the Crack and down the Mudslide. This phenomenal natural site is home to a variety of fauna and flora, and also contains plenty of caves and rock-shelters adorned with the biggest collection of rock paintings in Africa, south of the Sahara, created by the ancient San people over some 4,000 years ago. These artworks are representative of the spiritual life led by the San who are believed to have resided here until the year 1878. Numerous guided hikes will be available for you to partake in, in order for you to have a close look at these spectacular paintings. The region was originally spread over 3,330 hectares, but over time the land has been extended to gain its current size of 8,094 hectares.

Accommodation: Monks Cowl
Facilities: Two per room with en-suite bathroom Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: St. Lucia to Drakensberg
Included Highlights: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls, Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

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