Jack Kerouac, who was born on March 12, 1922, and lived to October 21, 1969, was an American author and poet. He coined the phrase, “Because, in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” This phrase is particularly apt for the South African Drakensberg mountains. A favourite destination for both domestic and foreign tourists.
It is also a special world heritage site – only one of some twenty to have received this accolade on two counts. Firstly, as a result of the fact that it is the world’s most significant repository of rock art. Secondly, as certain animal and plant species only exist in this escarpment. It is also one of the world’s most significant examples of an erosional mountain. South Africa’s highest peaks are also found in this area. Good examples being Mafadi, Injisuthi, The Buttress, Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle.
Some of his famous novels include:
- On the road;
- Big sur;
- Desolation angels; and
- Mexico City blues.
Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to this beautiful mountain range each year. Thousands each weekend and many thousands over school holiday periods, to break away from the monotony of work.
Their favourite pursuits include adventure tourism pursuits such as hiking, trail running, zip-lining, mountaineering, mountain biking, scootours, e-biking, abseiling, hot air ballooning and horse riding. Some play more formal sports such as golf, tennis,rugby or bowls. they also include avid cultural lovers who visit San Rock Art sites, a micro-brewery, a wine estate, battlefield sites and craft centres. Also, to listen to the word famous Drakensberg Boys Choir. While others choose to just relax in the garden of an accommodation establishment and just to gaze up at the beautiful ‘Dragon Mountains’.