Eco tourism Drakensberg
Eco tourism involves responsible travel to natural areas focusing on conserving the environment, sustaining the well being of the local people, education and interpretation of the local flora, fauna and culture, while minimizing our impact on these fragile & pristine natural areas.
The scenic South African Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Mountain Park World Heritage Site is a rich wildlife sanctuary, with a diverse range of natural habitats, that host a high level of endangered and rare animals and plants. There really is no better place to explore a more unique and relatively undisturbed natural area than Ukhahlamba – The Drakensberg Mountains – one of South Africa’s premier ecotourism destinations!
The Drakensberg is not just a World Heritage Site but a wonder of nature waiting to be explored. Not only is it vitally important as source of fresh water for South Africa but is 1 of only 20 World Heritage sites that boasts two reasons for it’s classification – Culture and Nature!
The area encompasses distinct landscape and biological diversity and is rich in species like the Bearded Vulture, Cape Vulture breeding colonies, Klipspringer, Drakensberg Cycad, and over 26 species of frogs. A large percentage of the flora and fauna in the Drakensberg are endemic to this area.
The Basotho herdsmen and Zulu subsistence farmers still call the Drakensberg their home, and this area has a rich history of human occupation dating back to the Stone Age. The Drakensberg is home to a significant concentration of San Rock Art that can be seen all across the entire mountain range in the hundreds of sandstone caves and rock shelters – the largest group of Bushman Paintings south of the Sahara!
By bringing tourism to the area we are trying to create an awareness of this unique ecosystem and contribute to local community development through nature-based tourism.
Eco tourism Drakensberg helps us touch nature.