THE DRAKENSBERG

The Drakensberg is no-doubt South Africa’s grandest landscape. It’s highest peak is only about 3500m high, but in sections it’s rock walls rise over 1000 meters in sheer height. The escarpment stretches from the little-known town of Dordrecht in the Eastern Cape to the border with Zimbabwe almost 2000km away in the North. Very few people know that landscapes like Blyde River Canyon, Magoebaskloof and the mountains of Barkly-east are also part of the Drakensberg.

The best known section of it is the uKhahlamba world heritage site which is the area between Sani Pass near the town of Underberg to Witsieshoek which is near Harrismith. This 200km stretch of escarpment comprises amazing scenery of rock spires, bushman paintings, rivers and the world’s 2nd highest waterfall. Only a few hundred years ago there were still elephants and big cats roaming the foothills. In my opinion the best view in Southern Africa is the view from atop the amphitheater. The scale of the landscape is just incomprehensible.

If you’re interested in photographing the Drakensberg, have a look at Mark Dumbleton‘s workshops to the amphitheater.