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About the Area

The Northern and Central Drakensberg area has some of the most beautiful scenery that can be imagined.The area falls into five valleys, beginning with the Injusuthi valley, the Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg, through the Cathedral Peak and Didima Valley, then the Royal Natal National Park and Amphitheatre Valley, and finally the Middledale Pass valley in the Northern Drakensberg.Each of the five valleys has its own kind of unique beauty and character;all having magnificent mountain views.

 
The Royal Natal National Park
 
Amphitheatre - Northen Drakensberg

Tugela Falls - Northen Drakensberg
This area of the Drakensberg is particularly well known as a Tourist attraction and accommodation area. Situated in the Northern Drakensberg, the most famous feature is the Amphitheatre. Here the Drakensberg, for the length of 5 kms raises straight up to the sky, to a height of over 3000 feet It is here that the brave can climb up a chain ladder and view the escarpment from the top.

A further feature of the Drakensberg is the Tugela Falls cascading down 5 drops forming the second highest waterfall in the world. Although the highest waterfall the Tugela, is by no means the only waterfall in the Drakensberg. Indeed the Drakensberg has many splendid falls of interest to the tourist.

In the 8000 hectares of the Royal Natal National Park is situated the Cannibal Cave, where tribel people had to resort to cannibalism whilst hiding from the wrath of Shaka Zulu as he purged the Drakensberg area of his enemies. This area has numerous walks and hikes to challenge the Tourist, from easy to day long treks.

Tourists are encouraged to register their presence when challenging this area of the Drakensberg, as the weather can change dangerously quickly. This area also has a wide selection of accommodation to choose from ranging from the modest B & B's to Self-catering, Guest houses and splendid Drakensberg Hotels and Resorts covering prices to suit every pocket.
 
Cathedral Peak and Didima Valley
 
Doreen Falls - The Cathedral Peak Area

The Cathedral Peak Area of the Drakensberg has splendid scenery with the Doreen Falls as an excellent example of a Drakensberg waterfall. Views of the Central Drakensberg can be had by venturing to the top of Mike's Pass (accessable with a 4x4 vehicle) and a natural feature of breath-taking nature is the Rainbow Gorge, with two enormous boulders forming a wedge, surely only seen in the Drakensberg Mountains.
The recently built Didima Resort and San Art Centre, a KZN Wildlife project is well worth a visit whilst in this area of the Drakensberg.The Mweni valley which is also a 4x4 trail from the Amphitheatre in the Northern.Drakensberg to Cathedral Peak It provides a challenging drive as well as a remoteness that is unique in today's world.The Mweni Cultural centre, which provides accommodation, trails and guides, is also in this area as well as some of the most challenging climbs in the entire Drakensberg.
 
The Cathkin and Champagne valley
 
Cathkin and Champagne Castle

Cathkin and Champagne Castle have peaks at 3149mand 3248m respectfully, together with Monk's Cowl(3234m) they are some of the highest peaks of the Drakensberg mountains.The area is named after an area around Glasgow, Scotland by the first Scottish settlers in this Drakensberg area. The Champagne Peak received its name as a result of the first climber to reach its peak taking a bottle of Champagne to celebrate his achievment and accidently dropping it at the peak of the Drakensberg. Champagne valley is noted for its many different activites especially golf for which there are numerous golf courses which will challenge your skill.
 
Lost Valley and Middledale Pass
 
The Lost Valley - Northern Drakensberg

Finally in the Northern Drakensberg is the “The Lost Valley”. Here in this remote area of the Drakensberg the unique geographical feature, repeated only at "Die Hell" near Oousthorn was reportedly the home of a "White Tribe" descended from Piet Retiefs Voortrekkers as they came into Natal, via Retief's Pass, into this area of the Drakensberg.

Of historical interest is a man-made suspension bridge, still there, in working order to the brave at heart, at the bottom of the 4 by 4 trail into Lost Valley.A statue stands close to Retief's Pass and Voortrekker Pass of the 'Kaalvoet Vrou' commemorating the 1837 entry of Natal by Retief.
 
The San/Bushmen
 
The San people or Bushmen

The San people or Bushmen first populated this area of the Drakensberg and 17 shelters and over 4000 Bushmans paintings are in Drakensberg caves and cliff overhangs. The Bushmen went out of existence, believed to have been exterminated in the 1800's by farmers and bounty hunters, although in 1926 a bow, quiver and fresh grass bed were discovered in this area of the Drakensberg.The Giant's Castle area of the Drakensberg is rich in San Art Paintings and a visit to the Cave Museum showing San family life with clothes, tools and weapons is extremely interesting.Near to Giant's Castle is a Vulture's Restaurant where ‘Birds of Prey'of the Drakensberg eg the Lemmergey and the Black Eagle can be seen from a camouflaged hide.Between the Champagne Valley and Giant's Castle in 1903 a remote game reserve was established near Injusuthi Dome (3409m). The highest peak in the Drakensberg.
 
The Boerwar Battlesites
 
The Boerwar Battlesites

The Drakensberg Mountains form a backdrop to Ladysmith and Colenso, towns which featured highly during the Boerwar. Both towns have Museums of great interest to students of the great conflict. Numerous graveyards exist in the area and Tour Guides of considerable knowledge of the conflict can bring history alive for the tourist. The Siege and relief of Ladysmith is perhaps the single most told of incident of th entire war, and was in fact a series of battles before Ladysmith was finally relieved and this area of the Drakensberg returned to British control. Tourists can spend many interesting hours visiting the Boerwar battlesites where heroism and carnage were performed by both the British and the Boer forces, and the names of people like Winston Churchill, Mahatma Ghandi, Emily Hobhouse, Jan Smuts, Danie Smit and Louis Botha became household names and world famous later in time.
   
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