THE MIGHTY DRAKENSBERG
Bushmen Art
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Snow near Cathedral Peak
Klipspringer
Rhino Horn at Dawn 
Royal Natal Park
When Gondwanaland began to break up 200 million years ago, the resultant forces caused the extrusion of magma, known as Drakensberg lava, through fissures and cracks in the Earth's surface.

In the Drakensberg region it capped the sedimentary rock formations with layers of solid basalt up to 1400 m thick. Weathering reduced the range's size, and caused the plateau to recede.

In modern times, continued erosion has exposed some of the thick underlying sediment which can be seen in areas throughout the Drakensberg.
Black-Souldered Kite
Sky Tree
Mountain Stream
Berg Autumn
The Cascades
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Southern African Mammal Species
Southern African Bird Species
Some Interesting History

During the Pre-Cambrian Era, volcanic eruptions in the area resulted in lava covering large sections of the Southern African sub-continent. In the Palaeozoic Era, wind and water deposited thick layers of shale, mudstone and sandstone, now known as the Karoo Supergroup, over the ancient primary rock.
The Drakensberg (Afrikaans: Drakensberge, Dutch: Drakensbergen, "the Dragon Mountains") is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 metres (11,424 ft) in height. In Zulu, it is referred to as uKhahlamba ("barrier of spears"), and in Sesotho as Maluti.

Its geological history lends it a distinctive character amongst the mountain ranges of the world. Geologically, the range resembles the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia.

The range is located in southeastern Africa, running for some 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from south-west to north-east. The mountains are drained on the western slopes by the Orange and Vaal rivers, and on the east and south by a number of smaller rivers, the Tugela being the largest. Looming over the nearby coast of Natal the range covers the border between KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa and the Drakensberg mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

The Drakensberg escarpment parallels the south-eastern coast of South Africa extending from the Northern Province (KwaZulu-Natal) south and west to Eastern Cape Province. In the vicinity of Giant's Castle, the range turns south-west as it enters the Eastern Cape and splits into the separate ranges of Stormberg, Bamboes, Suurberg, Nieuveld and Komsberg.
Some Animals found in the Drakensberg
Sani Pass
Naverone Lake
Fish Eagle
Fauna

The Drakensberg has a diverse population of birds, mammals and reptiles. The more common larger mammals that can be found are mountain reedbuck, grey rhebuck, grey duiker, eland, klipspringer, bushbuck and oribi. The main predators in the Drakensberg are leopard (found in very small numbers)black-backed jackal, caracal, serval,  clawless and spotted neck otter, various species of mongoose and genet. Troops of chacma baboons, porcupines and colonies of rock hyrax are also found throughout this mountain park. The Drakensberg is home to over 300 species of birds. Thirty two of the species are endemic to Southern Africa. Some of the specials that can be found are wattled crane, cape vulture, bearded vulture, orange breasted rockjumper and yellow breasted pipit. The Drakensberg is also home to 25 species of amphibians, 18 species of lizard (six of which are endemic) and 21 species of snakes.

Birding in the Drakensberg is a wonderful opportunity not only to see the birds of the Drakensberg but to also enjoy the beauty it has to offer.
Some Birds found in the Drakensberg
By - Lawrence Brennon
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The Black Eagle, Lammergeier, Martial Eagle, Cape Vultures, Black Sparrowhawk and Jackal Buzzard are also to be seen. Cathedral Peak area. Many “garden” birds such as the Barratt’s Warbler, Forest and Cape Canary, Olive Bush Shrike, Black cuckoo Shrike, Christopher Robin and Redchested Cuckoo can ften be seen in the hedges bordering the individual camping sites. The protea savannah areas are the habitiat of the Sentinel Rock Thrush, Ground Woodpecker, and Bokmakirrie. Swee Waxbill and Bush Blackcap are to be seen in the local forests and in the Yellowwood canopies, Crowned Eagle and other raptors may be seen nesting.
The Helmeted Guineafowl, Hadeda Ibis, Groudscraper Thrush and the Olive Thrush are a common sight. The Malachite Sunbirds and the Gurney’s Sugarbirds are seen on the protea slopes, as well as the shy but noisy Redwing Francolin.

The Olive Woodpecker, the Greater Doublecollared Sunbird, the Christopher Robin, Redchested and Emerald Cuckoo prefer the cool evergreen forests.

The Giant Kingfisher and Longtailed Wagtail are usually seen near the Mahai River.
At Dragon Peaks Park a variety of waterbirds frequent the pond.The Resort also maintains a Vulture feeding area as the endangered Cape Vulture and Bearded Vulture have a nesting site in the cliffs of the escarpment known as the Vulture’s Retreat. All in all the Drakensberg is a bird lovers haven and you will be sure to catch a few of those unexpected snaps.
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