The Central Drakensberg
The Central Drakensberg ranks as the most spectacular part of the Drakensberg with the highest peaks rising over 3000 meters The Central Drakensberg is the focus of the Mountain Meander, a 'Central Drakensberg Tourism' initiative to market the region. In addition to accommodation in luxury resorts, country hotels, small B&Bs and camping sites there is a multitude of arts outlets, golf, fishing, the Vulture Restaurant and the world famous Drakensberg Boys Choir which holds concerts every Wednesday during term.
Central Drakensberg escarpment is frequently covered in snow in the winter
months, transforming the area into a picture-postcard winter wonderland.
Popular with hikers, rock climbers, trout fishermen, and other holiday
makers, the Central Drakensberg area offers a wide range of hotels,
country lodges, and bed and breakfast accommodation venues, as well as
camping sites and caravan parks as such . For the more adventurous there are also
many trails which use caves up in the mountains as overnight stops. A
weekend of hiking and climbing, interspersed with dips in the icy pools
and rivers, goes a long way to restoring those weary of city life.
Most of the Central Drakensberg makes up the Natal Drakensberg Park, a wilderness area with an abundance of wildlife. Hikers are frequently surprised by bushbuck, oribi, mountain reedbuck, tiny duiker, and the largest of South Africaís antelope species, the eland, as well as many others. Enormous lammergeier, or bearded vultures, fly overhead and baboons bark from the cliffs. The spring is heralded by carpets of wild flowers and the pink and orange watsonia, like miniature gladioli, bloom thickly on the hillsides. In autumn the fields and lower reaches of the Drakensberg are often a waist-high sea of confetti-like pink, white and deep velvet red cosmos blossoms. In the higher reaches on the slopes of the Little Berg, varieties of protea trees show their prehistoric flowers, and ancient tree ferns and the odd cycad dot the gullies. Hikers should note that there are 24 species of snakes in these mountains, and not all of them are willing to give way to humans!
The Central Drakensberg mountains also contain thousands of Bushman Rock Art sites, evidence of the small, primitive San people who practiced a prehistoric life style in the area long ago. The earliest of these paintings are about 800 years old, and the golden age of the painters was between 400 and 200 years ago.
Regions of the Central Drakensberg
Towns of the Central Drakensberg
Central Drakensberg Links
Drakensberg Boys Choir School | Hiking Maps of the Drakensberg | Drakensberg and Natal Midlands Weddings | Drakensberg day walks and walking trails | Fauna and flora of the Drakensberg - A treasure chest | Links to Drakensberg Tourism Partners |