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The Drakensberg
The Drakensberg
Drakensberg Range from space, April 1993
Drakensberg Range from space, April 1993
Maluti mountains in Lesotho
Maluti mountains in Lesotho


The Drakensberg (Afrikaans for "Dragons Mountain") mountains are the highest in Southern Africa, rising up at Thabana Ntlenyana to 3,482 m (11,422 ft) in height. In isiZulu, they are referred to as uKhahlamba ("barrier of spears"), and in Sesotho as Maluti (also spelled Maloti ). Photograph of the Drakensberg mountains. ... Photograph of the Drakensberg mountains. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Drakensberg_sat. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Drakensberg_sat. ... Image File history File links Maluti. ... Image File history File links Maluti. ... The Maluti Mountains (also spelled Maloti), are found in the highlands of Lesotho and named the Drakensberg in South Africa. ... Look up Wiktionary:Swadesh lists for Afrikaans and Dutch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A mountain is a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain in a limited area. ... Categories: Africa geography stubs | Southern Africa ... Zulu, also known as isiZulu, is a language of the Zulu people with about 9 million speakers, the vast majority (over 95%) of whom live in South Africa. ... Sesotho is a language spoken in southern Africa. ... The Maluti Mountains (also spelled Maloti), are found in the highlands of Lesotho and named the Drakensberg in South Africa. ...


They are located in the eastern part of South Africa, running for some 1,000 km (600 mi) generally southwest to northeast, with a northwesterly bend forming the northeastern border of Lesotho with South Africa. They are drained on the west by the Orange and Vaal rivers, and on the east and south by a number of smaller rivers, the Tugela being the largest. The range thus separates KwaZulu-Natal Province from Free State Province, looming over the nearby coast of Natal. The Orange River is the major river in South Africa. ... The Vaal River is the largest tributary of the Orange River in South Africa. ... The Tugela River (also known as Thukela) is the largest river in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. ... KwaZulu-Natal, often referred to as KZN, is a province of South Africa. ... Capital Bloemfontein Largest city Bloemfontein Area  - Total Ranked 3rd 129,480 km² Premier Beatrice Marshoff (ANC) Population   - 2001   - 1996   - Density Ranked 8th 2,706,776 2,633,504 21/km² (2001) Languages Sotho (62%) Afrikaans (14%) isiXhosa (9. ...


The highest peak is Thabana Ntlenyana at 3,482 m (11,422 ft). It is also the highest peak of Lesotho. Other notable peaks include Mafadi at 3,450 m, Makoaneng at 3,416 m, Njesuthi at 3,408 m (highest peak of South Africa), Champagne Castle at 3,377 m, Giant's Castle at 3,315 m, and Ben Macdhui at 3,001 m. All of these are in the area bordering on Lesotho; north of Lesotho the range gradually becomes lower and less rugged until entering Mpumalanga where the quartzite mountains of the Transvaal Drakensberg are more broken and challenging to both climber and hiker. Thabana Ntlenyana is the highest point in Lesotho and the highest mountain in southern Africa. ... Njesuthi is the highest mountain in South Africa. ... Champagne Castle is a mountain in southern Africa. ... Giants Castle is a mountain peak in the southern African Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. ... Ben Macdhui (also spelled Ben Macdui) is the highest mountain in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. ...


Geologically, the Drakensberg is a remnant of the original African plateau. The mountains are capped by a layer of basalt up to 1,500 m thick, with sandstone lower down, resulting in a combination of steep-sided blocks and pinnacles. Caves are frequent in the sandstone, and many have rock paintings by the Bushmen. Basalt Columnar basalt at Sheepeater Cliff in Yellowstone Basalt (IPA: ) is a common gray to black volcanic rock. ... Red sandstone interior of Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona, worn smooth due to erosion by flash flooding over millions of years Sandstone is a sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-size mineral or rock grains. ... Cave, or rock, paintings are paintings painted on cave or rock walls and ceilings, usually dating to pre-historic times. ... The Bushmen (also known as Basarwa in Tswana, or San in Nama) are an indigenous population of the Kalahari Desert, which spans South Africa and neighbouring Botswana and Namibia. ...


Snow falls regularly in the winter, while rains and mists can occur year-round.


Many of the Drakensberg peaks offer challenging mountaineering. While the major summits have all been conquered, a number of minor pinnacles have yet to be ascended. Hiking is also a popular activity. Navigation on long hikes is often aided by GPS receivers, and current maps distributed by KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) Wildlife uses the Cape datum as the geodesic reference. GPS users should be careful to use the correct datum as WGS 84 is not always the default. Mountaineering is the sport, hobby or profession of walking, hiking and climbing up mountains. ... Two hikers in the Mount Hood National Forest Eagle Creek hiking Hiking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. ... Over fifty GPS satellites such as this NAVSTAR have been launched since 1978. ... KwaZulu-Natal (often referred to as KZN) is a province of South Africa. ... The Cape Datum is based on the Clarke 1880 ellipsoid and has its origin point at Buffelsfontein near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. ... In mathematics, a geodesic is a generalization of the notion of a straight line to curved spaces. Definition of geodesic depends on the type of curved space. If the space carries a natural metric then geodesics are defined to be (locally) the shortest path between points on the space. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Geodetic system. ... WGS 84 is the 1984 revision of the World Geodetic System. ...


Tourism in the Drakensberg is developing, with a variety of hotels and resorts appearing on the slopes. Most of the higher South African parts of the range have been designated as game reserves or wilderness areas. The uKhahlamba or Drakensberg National Park, located in KwaZulu-Natal, near the border with Lesotho, was listed by UNESCO in 2000 as a World Heritage site. The park is also in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (under the Ramsar Convention). Tourists at Oahu island, Hawaii Tourism is the act of travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes, and also refers to the provision of services in support of this act. ... A game reserve is an area of land set aside for maintenance of wildlife for tourism or hunting purposes. ... Broadly, a wilderness area is a region where the land is left in a state where human modifications are minimal; that is, as a wilderness. ... UNESCO logo UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... Elabana Falls is in Lamington National Park, part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves World Heritage site in Queensland, Australia. ... This is the list of wetlands of international importance as defined by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands. ... The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, i. ...


The most well known national park in the Drakensberg is the Royal Natal National Park where the Amphitheatre can be seen. It contains the source of the Tugela River, and includes the 947 m high Tugela Falls, the second highest waterfall on earth. But it is the Central Drakensberg that offers tourists the best access to bushman rock art Kamberg and the largest range of hiking trails. The Amphitheatre with the Tugela River The Amphitheatre is one of the geographical features of the Northern Drakensberg, South Africa and part of Royal Natal National Park. ... The Tugela River (also known as Thukela) is the largest river in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. ... Tugela Falls are the worlds second highest waterfall. ...

Panorama at Giant's Castle
Panorama at Giant's Castle


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Drakensberg Tourism Association (789 words)
This area of the Drakensberg is particularly well known as a tourist attraction and accommodation area.
Views of the Central Drakensberg can be had by venturing to the top of Mike’s Pass (accessable with a 4x4 vehicle) and a natural feature of breath-taking nature is the Rainbow Gorge, with two enormous boulders forming a wedge, surely only seen in the Drakensberg Mountains.
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Drakensberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (550 words)
The Drakensberg ("Dragon Mountains" in Afrikaans) mountains are the highest in South Africa, rising up at Thabana Ntlenyana to 3,482 m (11,422 ft) in height.
Geologically, the Drakensberg is a remnant of the original African plateau.
Tourism in the Drakensberg has been developing, with a variety of hotels and resorts appearing on the slopes.
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