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The Northern and Central Drakensberg has some of the most scenic views and incredible historical events. The Drakenberg area falls into four particular valleys, the Champagne Valley  which lays in the Central Berg, Cathedral Peak, the Royal Natal National Park and Amphitheatre, and finally the Middledale Pass Valley in the Northern Berg. Each of the four  valleys has its own  historical background.


The Afrikaans name Drakensberge derives from the name early Dutch settlers gave the area meaning "Mountains of Dragons". There are a few possibilities to why they  may have called it this, some rumours are that its because of its jagged, pointy tops which give it the appearance similar to that of the back of a mythical European dragon, another possibility is that early explorers possibly discovered dinosaur fossils (which would have been confused with that of the remains of dragons) the Great Escarpment in the iSiZulu language is known as uKhahlamba which means ("Barrier of up-pointed spears")


This section of South Africa is filled with rich culture, thrilling historical events and gripping folklore.


Royal Natal National Park

This area of the Drakensberg is particularly well known. Situated in the Northern Drakensberg, the most famous feature is the Amphitheatre. Here the Drakensberg, reaches hights of over 3000 feet. It is here that the brave can climb up a chain ladder and view the escarpment from above. A further feature of the Drakensberg is the Tugela Falls cascading down 5 drops forming the second highest waterfall in the world. With in the Royal Natal National Park is situated a historical place called “the Cannibal Cave” where tribal people had to resort to cannibalism whilst hiding from the wrath of Shaka Zulu as he purged the Drakensberg area of his enemies. This area has numerous walks and hikes filled with history and legend.


Cathedral Peak

The Cathedral Peak Area of the Drakensberg has splendid scenery. Views of the Central Drakensberg can be experienced by venturing to the top of Mike’s Pass


The Cathkin & Champagne Valley

Cathkin and Champagne Castle have peaks at 3149m and 3248m respectfively. These, together with Monk’s Cowl (3234m) are some of the highest peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains. Cathkin was named after an area around Glasgow, Scotland by the first Scottish settlers in the Drakensberg. The Champagne Peak received its name as a result of the first climber to reach its peak taking a bottle of Champagne to celebrate his achievment and accidently dropping it.


Lost Valley & Middledale Pass

Finally, there is “The Lost Valley” of the Northern Drakensberg. Here in this remote area of the Drakensberg is a unique geographical feature, This was reportedly the home of a “White Tribe” descended from Piet Retief’s Voortrekkers as they came into Natal, via Retief’s Pass.

Of historical interest is a man-made suspension bridge, still in working order at the bottom of the Lost Valley. A statue, the ‘Kaalvoet Vrou’ (Bare foot Woman) stands close to Retief’s Pass and Voortrekker Pass, commemorating the 1837 entry into Natal by Retief.


Some Activities In The Area Include:

Mountain Climbing,

Hiking,

Zip lining,

Hot Air Ballooning,

Sightseeing Tours,

Kayaking,

Canoeing,

Tubing,

Cultural Tours,

Trout Fishing,

Fly Fishing,

Cave Camping,

Abe Sailing,

Historical Event Tours,

Canopy Tours.



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