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31 Mar, 2019

The Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg

By |2019-08-09T16:41:26+02:00Mar 31st, 2019|Categories: Amphitheatre, Drakensberg, Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks|Tags: , , , , |

The Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg. The Amphitheatre in the Northern Drakensberg is certainly an impressive mountain. It is found right at the Western border of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg park with the huge Sentinel (3165m) at the end. This big Basalt wall stretches for 5km to the Eastern Buttress (3124m) at the other end. Once on top of the Amphitheatre it seems quite flat compared to the rest of the Drakensberg. Read here about [...]

31 Mar, 2019

The 3 highest Peaks In Southern Africa Hike Report

By |2019-08-09T17:04:53+02:00Mar 31st, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks, Recent Drakensberg Hike Reports|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The 3 highest peaks in Southern Africa. I must admit that I hadn't given much thought to sumitting the 3 highest peaks in Southern Africa. But then Stuart from the UK emailed me and asked "what were the chances of organizing this trip?" What a great idea. I hadn't gone to Emlembe in Swaziland/Eswatini the country is now called. Unfortunately I still haven't gone to Emlembe as my good friend Geoff of Pizzology fame [...]

31 Mar, 2019

Malachite Sunbirds in the Drakensberg

By |2019-12-04T15:06:14+02:00Mar 31st, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Fauna - animals and birds, Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks|Tags: , , , |

Malachite Sunbirds in the Drakensberg Malachite sunbirds, or to use the Latin name:  Nectarinia Famosa are certainly absolutely stunning birds. As you can see from their Latin name, Malachite Sunbirds in the Drakensberg they will eat nectar by preference. However, what most people don't realise is that they also eat insects, spiders and small lizards. So, they will really eat anything small enough to fit into their beaks. In the Drakensberg they are quite [...]

31 Mar, 2019

Sentinel to Mnweni hike report

By |2019-08-09T18:32:20+02:00Mar 31st, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks, Recent Drakensberg Hike Reports|Tags: , , , , |

Sentinel to Mnweni Hike Report. Here is my Sentinel to Mnweni hike report that a bunch of us did in March 2019. The day started off with us driving to our camp at Sterkfontein dam. This is a beautiful dam in the Free state with stunning views looking towards the Drakensberg. It is also the 2nd biggest dam in South Africa and is actually fed by water from the Tugela river in KwaZulu Natal. [...]

09 Mar, 2019

Drakensberg Protea Dracomontana – Dwarf Protea

By |2019-08-09T18:41:15+02:00Mar 9th, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Flora - flowers and trees., Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks|Tags: , , , , |

Drakensberg Protea (Protea Dracomontana) The Drakensberg Protea Dracomontana is commonly found on the grassy slopes of the Drakensberg at altitudes between 1600m and 2500m. It only grows up to 1m tall, so you can see why it is commonly known as the dwarf protea. Protea Dracomontana flowers vary in color from creamy yellow, to pink and even light red.  Like all Proteas in the Drakensberg it relies on the winter fires to help it [...]