Drakensberg Mountains

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Drakensberg Mountains
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When visiting South Africa, treat yourself to visit the highest mountain range in the region, the Drakensberg Mountains. Its height is estimated at 3,482 meters(11,420 ft). This is actually referred to as uKhahlamba, which means, the barrier of spears, in Zulu. In Sesotho, this is referred to as Maluti that can also be spelled as Maloti. When you look at it from a geological perspective, you will see that the range resembles the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia.

You will find this range at the eastern part of South Africa. This runs about 1,000 kilometres or 620 mi from southwest direction to northeast. This divides the province of the KwaZulu-Natal from the Free State Province and it looms over the coast of Natal, which can be found nearby.

If you are the kind of person who has great appreciation for nature, make sure to visit this spot. These days, the tourism in this part of the region continues to grow. Through proper exposure and advertisements, many other people from all over the globe are becoming aware of the Drakensberg Mountains. Part of the development and growth for this tourist destination is the availability of several hotels and various resorts.

The parts of the range that can be found at the higher spots in South Africa have been assigned as areas for wilderness or as game reserves. The Drakensberg National Park or the uKhahlamba, found in KwaZulu-Natal has been listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in year 2000. It also made it on the list under the Ramsar Convention of what is known as List of Wetlands of International Importance. The park is adjacent to the Cathkin Estates Conservation and Wildlife Sanctuary.

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