The Drakensberg is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. The Great Escarpment reaches its greatest elevation in this region – 3 482m (11 424ft). The Drakensberg escarpment stretches for over 1 000km (600mi). The mountains were first named by the Voortrekkers who thought the unbroken chain of heavily weathered peaks reminded them of the spines on a dragon’s back, hence the name ‘Dragon Mountain’ or Drakensbergin Afrikaans. Read more >
Activity: Train traverses this area.
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