Our African Adventure – Drakensberg

Drakensberg Mountains

uKhahlamba – Maluti – Dragon’s mountains – The Drakensberg Mountains are the highest mountain range in southern Africa, rising to a height of 3,482 meters or 11,424 feet above sea level.  This was one of our first views of this majestic mountain range after leaving Durban.  Breathtaking views in all directions – a photograph is a poor substitute.

Village

We passed small villages, like this one, along the way to our resort.  We were traveling through the Kwazulu/Natal province, an area that is predominately Zulu.  The vast majority of Zulu speakers (almost 10 million people) live in South Africa and, not surprisingly, Zulu is one of  South Africa’s eleven official languages .

Cavern Resort

We arrived at our resort around lunch time and spent the remainder of the day exploring, hiking, and bird watching.  Named after the “Cannibal Cavern”,  the resort is situated on 3000 hectares of private mountain reserve adjacent to the Royal Natal National Park Amphitheatre – a World Heritage Site.  It was an incredibly beautiful location with an amazing staff.  We enjoyed everything about our stay. 

After breakfast (the following morning), we were off on a hike to see the “silent lady”.   But more about that tomorrow. 

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