Formerly known as Dragon Mountain, named so by the Dutch, Drakensberg, the highest mountain range in South Africa, is also known as the Barrier of Spears or uKhahlamba in Zulu. A large portion of the Drakensberg Mountains lies on the KwaZulu-Natal, separating it from the Kingdom of Lesotho. These basalt peaks boast the highest pub in Africa, and activities and adventures abound on the uKhahlamba Drakensberg, including fishing, hunting, and hiking. Visitors will not want to miss other attractions, including the Thousand Hill Experience and the Brew Route on their South Africa vacation.
The Zulu people call this magnificent system of Drakensberg the Barrier of Spears. The Dutch Voortrekkers, in search for freedom, moved to the interior of the continent from the Cape Colony and, inspired by the rugged landscape, called it Dragon Mountain. Ultimately they settled in this land nestled between the Zulu Kingdom and that of Lesotho.
Principally located with the KwaZulu-Natal province, the Drakensberg South Africa offers an abundance of things to do. Some of the most spectacular views in the world are to be had at the end of every hiking or climbing excursion in these mountains. Experts can climb the sheer cliffs or practice ice climbing and sit atop the high peaks to see the conquered giant at their feet. A more relaxing and tamer option involves hiking or walking some of the trails in the shaded forests and rolling hills, taking a more easygoing approach to man versus nature. In either case, the scenery will certainly take your breath away. Other activities range from fishing and hunting to swimming in the mountain streams and bird-watching.