Location: Mpumalanga and Northern South Africa
Climate: Hot rainy Summers (Nov – Mar) and warm dry Winters (Jun – Aug).
Typical Landscape: Dramatic mountains and escarpments, bushmen rock paintings, extraordinary natural rock formations.
The Drakensberg Mountains, otherwise known as the Dragon Mountains are the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 11,424 ft. They resemble the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. The Drakensberg are capped by a layer of basalt approximately 1,400 metres thick. This area is perfect for hikers and those wanting to be wowed by dramatic scenery.
Creeping plants, tussock grass and shrubs all live on the alti-montane grasslands as well as the rare spiral aloa, meanwhile the lower slopes host conifers and other endemic plants.
The Drakensberg also boasts 20,000 individual rock paintings – the works of the busmen discovered at some 500 individual caves.