Click on the following link for the Spring 2022 edition of Drakensberg Times. Drakensberg Times is intended to keep the tourism trade aware of the latest developments in the Central and Northern Drakensberg. It is also useful for the general public.
The Drakensberg is a paradise for the ‘Butterfly Spotter’ or Lepidopterists. Observe many of South Africa’s estimated 801 butterfly types or taxa in this region.
Dating Drakensberg San Rock Art
Archaeologists use a fascinating technique known as Carbon-14 dating to determine the age of artefacts they discover on an ‘archaeological dig’.
Drakensberg’s Basket Weavers
Basket Weaving is an art practised skillfully by many Zulu-speaking women in the Drakensberg. It is a tradition handed down from generation to generation.
Mike’s Pass Hike
Follow one of two routes to reach the top of Mike’s Pass. The first starts at the Didima Reception or from Cathedral Peak Hotel and follows a path more or less perpendicular to these venues.
The Paperbark Acacia
Acacia trees are an iconic symbol of Africa. The Paperbark Acacia or Vachellia sieberiana welcomes tourists as they enter the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and lowlands of the Drakensberg.
The Rock Art Research Institute
The Rock Art Research Institute of the University of Witwatersrand is one of the leading research institutes for rock art research.
Sterkspruit Waterfall Viewing Site
Under Roy Strydom’s leadership, the Monks-Cowl Honorary Officer Group recently helped restore the Sterkspruit Falls Viewing Site. Sterkspruit Falls is the most leisurely walk in the Monks Cowl Camp area of Central Drakensberg.
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The Drakensberg has a fascinating community of frogs. Frogs are the only amphibians that are found in this region.
An extended period of sedimentation, volcanic flow, massive continental upliftment and ultimately, the erosion of the thick volcanic cap of basalt defined the geology of the Drakensberg.
The gastronomic delights of the Drakensberg
Visitors to the Drakensberg are never disappointed by the vast array of coffee shops, pubs, eateries and caterers in this region.
Drakensberg photographer – Gareth Roberts
Gareth Roberts is a Howick-based professional photographer and traveller. He is renowned for his images of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and Drakensberg.
Battle Cave Hike
This walk is one of Drakensberg’s most fascinating hikes as it includes a visit to the Battle Cave shelter, just below the Lower Injisuthi Cave and just after the turn to Fergy’s Cave.
The Drakensberg Cycad
The Drakensberg Cycad is a living fossil that has existed for some 250 million years.
Mazel’s critical contribution to the study of the Drakensberg San
Aron Mazel is one of the more recent theorists that has written extensively regarding the Drakensberg San. He worked for many years as an archaeologist in South Africa.
Click on the following link for Autumn 2022 edition of Drakensberg Times. Drakensberg Times is intended to keep the tourism trade aware of the latest developments in the Central and Northern Drakensberg. It is also useful for the general public. Drakensberg News. Drakensberg Newsletter.
Drakensberg Crag Lizard
Pseudocordylus subviridis, is endemic to South Africa and mainly found in the Midlands and Drakensberg regions of KwaZulu-Natal. It is a significant lizard of some 25 centimetres.
The adventurous nature of the Central and Northern Drakensberg
The Central and Northern Drakensberg has evolved from a region offering an assortment of adventurous activities to a professional centre of such services.
Drakensberg photographer – Jacques Crafford
Jacques Crafford is an acclaimed South African visual artist and travel filmmaker. His masterpieces include ‘This is South Africa’, ‘Tourism Turkey’ and ‘Patagonia Landscape’.
This is an easy hike of some nine kilometres in total. The duration is approximately three hours.
You can’t but love Collette’s delightfully wicked smile, quick wit, honesty and no-nonsense attitude. Collette is the owner of Hideski Organix and is one of ‘the Valley’s most colourful characters.
Some new perspectives of the Drakensberg San
A range of excellent research papers have been published over the past ten years regarding Drakensberg’s San.
Berg Air a vibrant lifestyle centre
Berg Air is a remarkable success story in the Catkin Park area of the Drakensberg. This centre of gastronomic and lifestyle delights is the result of the tenacity and innovativeness of the Scharf family and exceptional tenants.
The Drakensberg is fortunate to have many outstanding artists and crafters. Zimela Ceramics is an exceptional example. Victor Shabala, an artist who Ardmore trained, established it.