The Magical Drakensberg
I’ve always wanted to go to the mountains of Drakensberg. It’s the highest mountain range in South Africa, and I knew that I wouldn’t believe it can rival the magnificent mountains we’ve seen in New Zealand till I’ve seen it for myself.
It was a long 5 hours plus drive from Johannesburg to Drakensberg and we had to set off before dawn broke. To travel at that ungodly hour was a pain, but the skies made it worth our while.
While I was knocking down Red Bull at 6am, my faithful South African companion, Thando kept us company by being wide awake on the road.
If you’ve already seen the updates I’ve been posting on Facebook (add me HERE) in the last few days when I was too
lazy relaxed to blog, you would know that even with an iPhone, every shot of the journey has been amazing.
My first glimpse of waters made me gasp. South Africa really is beautiful.
The landscape was magnificent. It was mountain after mountain. The pictures do it no justice because in real life, it’s just spectacular.
I love the plants and flowers that lined the roads. Drakensberg is rich in flora life. This was probably the last bit of spring flowers that we would see before autumn weather set in and everything would dry up to a sea of brown, reds and orange.
I was surprised to see so many settlements in the mountainous area. There were many lodges and motels businesses. And many of the settlements were townships (squatter settlements). Kids were playing by the bridges and rivers. There were soccer matches in the neighbourhoods. And we saw so many people walking from town to town.
It’s nice to see people on the road. In South Africa, people acknowledge your presence even if you are zooming past in a vehicle. They’ll lift their hands, wave and smile.
While visiting Drakensberg, no matter where one stays, a drive to see the Giants Castle is a must. There’s a reason why they call these the giants. They are huge mountains!
In New Zealand, much of the landscape we saw was during the cold season so I would always remember snow capped peaks and grey mountains. But in South Africa, all the highlands that we’ve seen to date has been in bright sunny weather and they are a luscious green every time.
We’ve always known that South Africa has her beautiful bits, but this really sealed it for us. I’m definitely in love with Drakensberg. What a wonderful Easter weekend.