KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg

 


Overview

Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. St Lucia was proclaimed as a world heritage site in 1999 by Unesco, St Lucia is South Africa's very first world heritage site and for good reason. The abundance of wildlife and natural beauty is incredible. To this very day Hippo's can still be witnessed wandering down the streets at night in search of grass. Hippo's are predominantly known as the most aggressive and contribute to the most deaths in Africa however in this very small town they seem to have become accustomed to being photographed and watched by numerous visitors on a daily basis. St Lucia is situated on the North East of Zululand a mere 2,5hrs from Durban the capital of KwaZulu Natal. The area offers tropical warm climate year round not to mention the warm Indian Ocean that one can enjoy year round. The abundance of wildlife does not stop at Bush Baby cries at night, Red Duiker foraging nor the odd Leopard witnessed all the while in the town, no theirs more Humpback Whales migrate of the shores during the winter months. Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles lay their eggs on the beaches during the summer months and Whale Sharks pass during summer as well. The marine life is incredible almost untouched, the beaches pristine and just keep going on as far as the eye can see. The area known as iSimangaliso Wetland Park is the authority on the reserve, the area is enormous and stretches from St Lucia to the border of Mozambique in the North. St Lucia is a great stop and the perfect gateway to discover the area, with numerous accommodation styles and budgets their is virtually something for everyone. The Drakensberg is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. The Great Escarpment reaches its greatest elevation – 2,000 to 3,482 metres (6,562 to 11,424 feet) within the border region of South Africa and Lesotho. The portion of the Great Escarpment shown in red is known as the Drakensberg. The Drakensberg escarpment stretches for over 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from the Eastern Cape Province in the South, then successively forms, in order from south to north, the border between Lesotho and the Eastern Cape and the border between Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal Province. Thereafter it forms the border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, and next as the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga Province. It winds north, through Mpumalanga, where it includes features such as the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels and God's Window. It moves north again to Hoedspruit in South eastern Limpopo where it is known as 'Klein Drankensberg' by the Afrikaner, from Hoedspruit it moves west to Tzaneen also in Limpopo Province, where it is known as the Wolkberg Mountains and Iron Crown Mountain, at 2,200 m (7,200 ft) above sea level, the Wolkberg being the highest mountain range in Limpopo. It veers west again and at Mokopane it is known as the Strydpoort Mountains.

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