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Drakensberg Times – Spring 2022

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.

 

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Drakensberg’s Butterflies

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.

Drakensberg Times – Winter 2022

Click on the following link for the Winter 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.

 

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Drakensberg Frogs

The Drakensberg has a fascinating community of frogs. Frogs are the only amphibians that are found in this region.

Drakensberg’s Geology

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.

Drakensberg Times – Autumn 2022

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.

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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’.

Hlathikulu Hike

This is an easy hike of some nine kilometres in total. The duration is approximately three hours.

HideSki Organix

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.

Zimela Ceramics

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.

Berg Times Summer 2021/2022

Click on the following link for Summer 2021/ 2022 edition of Berg Times. Berg 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.

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Grey Rhebuck

Drakensberg’s most commonly noted antelope ranges across the entire area of this escarpment, particularly in its high lying grasslands.

Drakensberg photographer – Kierran Alenn

Kierran Alenn is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s prodigies of photography. He was one of the early creative and innovative adopters of drone footage.

Gatberg and Zulu Cave Hike

This is a moderate hike of some 26 kilometres in total. It is possible to complete this trail in a day; however, you need to be very fit to do so.

Dingaan’s Shelter

Dingaan’s Shelter is a good example of the many San rock art sites that are located in rock overhangs or caves in a sandstone ‘belt’ that runs across the length of the Central Drakensberg.

Bleek and Lloyd’s contribution to the interpretation of San Rock Art

Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd composed one of the most comprehensive ethnographic accounts of the San of the late 1800s.

Tree fern

The Forest Tree Fern and Grassland Tree Fern are two of the most attractive trees frequently noted in the Drakensberg.

Berg Times Winter 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the following link for the Winter 2021 edition of Berg Times. Berg 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.

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Drakensberg’s Eland

The Drakensberg is home to the second-largest antelope, the Common or Southern Eland. This magnificent creature is often seen on the slopes of this escarpment, especially in the Lotheni, Giants Castle and private estates in the Monk’s Cowl Camp area

Drakensberg photographers – Stephen Pryke

Stephen Pryke is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed photographers of nature and scenic beauty.

Thukela Gorge Hike

The Thukela Gorge Hike is one of Drakensberg’s ‘must do’ hikes and is perhaps its most well-known excursion.

The “Osborn” Trail

The Scharf family have established an exhilarating new guided trail on the Drakensberg Dream Estate. The trail features two San rock art sites and four magnificent waterfalls.

David Lewis-Williams’s spiritual interpretation of San Rock Art

Professor James David Lewis-Williams is regarded as one of the most prominent theorists concerning the meaning of San Rock Art.

Drakensberg’s Trees

Yellowwood is South Africa’s national tree. It is found extensively in the ravine or valley forests of the Drakensberg.

Farmers Lawn Market

The Farmers Lawn Market is Central Drakensberg’s first-ever permanent artisanal market located on Gourton corner on the R600 near Winterton.

Berg Times Autumn 2021

 

Click on the following link for the Autumn 2021 edition of Berg Times. Berg 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.

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Drakensberg’s Red List birds

The Drakensberg has some 18 birds on Birdlife South Africa’s Red List’ of these three are critically endangered and six endangered.

Drakensberg photographers – Carl Smorenberg

Carl Smorenberg is a renowned South African landscape photographer. He is an exceptionally passionate photographer of Drakensberg scenes and from the edge of this escarpment.

Makhulumane Rock Hike

The Makhulumani Rock hike is a moderate day hike of some four hours and nine kilometres. This hike begins at Monks Cowl Camp or Bergview Estate.

Willcox’s passion for San Rock Art;

The late Alexander Robert Willcox contributed substantially to San Rock Art documentation in the Central Drakensberg, the rest of this region and South Africa.

The Culfargie and Bell Park Community

Culfargie is one of the most significant ‘camps’ or conservation areas in Central Drakensberg. Culfargie and the residents on its border and Bell Park Dam form an important community.

 

Berg Times Summer 2020 2021 Edition

INTRODUCTION

Click on the following link for Summer 2020 2021 edition of Berg Times. Berg 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.

Berg Times Summer 2020/2021

CONTENTS

Firstly, Drakensberg Felines.

The Drakensberg has a magnificent array of felines. This array ranges from the regal Caracal to the Serval, African Wild Cat and the elusive Leopard. This newsletter provides an overview of these cats.

Secondly what to do on a rainy day in the Drakensberg
Moreover, In the steps of the San – The meaning of certain elements in their rock art.

This is a continuation of a series of articles regarding the Drakensberg San.

The Injisuthi, Loskop and Ntabahlope Communities

Loskop and Ntabahlope are two of the most substantial communities in the Central Drakensberg. They fall within the Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality (KZN237). The area bordering on the Injisuthi Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Camp also includes a crucial traditional council area, namely the Amangwaan.

Injisuthi is also one of the remotest and unspoilt camps in the Drakensberg and entrances to the Ukahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage site.

Drakensberg Photographers – Mike Morgan

This is the first of a series of articles that introduces some of the renowned photographers of the Drakensberg. Mike has a rare ability to capture the magnificence of sunrise.

What happened to the San of the Drakensberg

There is a widespread belief that the San were exterminated. However, this belief is now discounted, and it is accepted that they were decimated, assimilated and some ‘emigrated’.

Sunset Trail

A popular trail that skirts the edge of Cathkin Park’s Matterhorn

SOME KEY TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN TAKING A WALK OR LONGER HIKE.
LASTLY, A DIRECTORY OF TOURISM SERVICES IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG.

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Spring 2020 Edition of Berg Times

INTRODUCTION

Click on the following link for Spring 2020 edition of Berg Times. This publication 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.

Berg Times Spring 2020

CONTENTS

Firstly, The Drakensberg’s Raptors.

Different stories regarding a tourism destination and the use of specialist orators who have the art of telling such tales are a critical element of successful meetings and incentives. The Drakensberg has one of the most significant concentrations of birds and raptors in particular in Africa. Some 300 bird species have been identified in the Drakensberg. These are some 40% of non-marine birds in Southern Africa.

Raptors or birds of prey are large birds. These birds are renowned for there hooked beaks and pronounced talons. They survive in part by eating small animals and carrion.

SECONDLY, WHAT TO DO ON A RAINY DAY IN THE DRAKENSBERG.

Also, Spring in the Drakensberg.

Moreover, In the steps of the San – The meaning of certain elements in their rock art. This is a continuation of a series of articles regarding the theories behind certain key elements in San Rock Art.

The Cathedral Peak Community
The San were the first people to settle in the Cathedral Peak area. This occurrence could have been as far back as 3,000 years before present or BP. The rock art in this area, which bears testimony to their existence area is regarded, as being amongst the most concentrated and most detailed in the Drakensberg Mountains.

An overview of some of the conference venues in the Central and Northern Drakensberg. This is a continuation of a series of articles that introduces South Africans to the conference facilities of Central and Northern Drakensberg. This article introduces Didima Camp.

Some breathtaking Drakensberg Hikes – Mushroom Rock.

SOME KEY TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN TAKING A WALK OR LONGER HIKE.

The Battle of Veglaer.

LASTLY, A DIRECTORY OF TOURISM SERVICES IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG.

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Autumn 2020 edition of Berg Times

INTRODUCTION

Click on the following link for Autumn 2020 edition of Berg Times. This publication 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.

Berg Times– Autumn 2020 edition

Autumn 2020 Edition of Berg Times

CONTENTS

Firstly, Drakensberg’s Unique Flora and Fauna. Different stories regarding a tourism destination and the use of specialist orators who have the art of telling such tales are a critical element of successful meetings and incentives. A significant portion of the Drakensberg is a World Heritage Site and an area of 250,000 hectares. This destination received World Heritage Site status on two counts. Firstly, due to its unique vegetation and wildlife. There are some 1,800 plant species in the Drakensberg. Of these over 350 are endemic. Furthermore, ten vertebrate species are unique to this mountain range.

SECONDLY, WHAT TO DO ON A RAINY DAY IN THE DRAKENSBERG.

Also, The community of Geluksburg and The Lost Valley
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This article introduces the reader to Geluksburg a small hamlet in the Northern Drakensberg. Only some 170 residents live there. The ‘Lost Valley’  located near Geluksburg was an early settlement of ‘Trek Boers’.

Moreover, In the steps of the San – The meaning of certain elements in their rock art. This the first in what will be a series of articles regarding the theories behind certain key elements in San Rock Art.

An overview of some of the conference venues in the Central and Northern Drakensberg. This is a continuation of a series of articles that introduces South Africans to the conference facilities of Central and Northern Drakensberg. This article introduces Wits  End Mountain Resort and Dragon Peaks Resort.

Additionally, Some Autumn 2020 events. An overview of the key events taking place in Autumn 2020.

Some breathtaking Drakensberg Hikes – Cayley Lodge to Bell Park Peak.This a pleasant hike of some four hours. An easy hike of some four hours. The walk starts at Cayley Lodge and skirts the edges of the AmaSwazi community.

SOME KEY TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN TAKING A WALK OR LONGER HIKE.

The Battle of Thukela Heights. An introduction to this Anglo-War Battle that leads to the relief of the Siege of Ladysmith.

The Drakensberg Polar Bear Swim Challenge. This is an annual swim that takes place every year in the Cathkin Park or Champagne Valley area, of the Central Drakensberg in the South African Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Fundisa Umntwana (Teach The Children). An NGO based right here in Winterton, which incentive organisers or conference organisers could adopt as a social responsibility project

LASTLY, A DIRECTORY OF TOURISM SERVICES IN THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG.

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Berg Times Summer 2019/2020

Introduction to the Berg Times Summer 2019/2020

Berg Times: Summer 2019/2020 edition

Click on the following link for  Summer 2019/ 2020 edition of Berg Times. This publication 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.

Berg Times – Summer 2019/2020 edition

Contents

Firstly, The Tale of the San: A unique element of an incentive or meeting. Different stories regarding a tourism destination and the use of specialist orators who have the art of telling such tales are a critical element of successful meetings and incentives. The Drakensberg is fortunate to be unique in the sense that it has the most extensive and perhaps most exceptional repository of rock art in the world. A core reason why this beautiful mountain range received world heritage site status.

Secondly, What to do on a rainy day in the Drakensberg.

Also, The community of Estcourt and some of the famous skirmishes that took place in the Giants Castle area. This article introduces the reader to the important town of Estcourt. It borders the Giants Castle region of the Central Drakensberg. An overview is provided of the famous Battle of Willow Grange site, Fort Durnford and other tourism attractions in the area.

Moreover, An overview of some of the conference venues in the Central and Northern Drakensberg. This is a continuation of a series of articles that introduces South Africans to the conference facilities of The Nest Hotel and AHA Alpine Heath.

Additionally, Some key summer 2019/2020 events. An overview of the key events taking place in summer 2019/2020.

Some breathtaking Drakensberg Hikes – Injisuthi to Monks Cowl. A synopsis of this well-trodden trail of some 20 km from the Injisuthi Camp of the Central Drakensberg to Monks Cowl. It is a spectacular hike with magnificent views of some of the key peaks of the Central Drakensberg.

Some key tips to consider when taking a walk or longer hike.

Slacking in the Giants Castle Area. Introduction to the concept of slackpacking and the efforts of three leading accommodation establishments in this area to introduce this activity to the Giant’s Castle area of KwaZulu-Natal.

Lastly, A directory of tourism services in the Central and Northern Drakensberg.

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