Femme à Côté d’un Échiquier, by Henry Matisse -[credit:chessbase]
Missing ‘The Berg‘ today! Wish for a mountain – a proper mountain – to climb.
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The movie’s pictures are from www.berg.co.za Links will open in a new window. On this link you can see a gallery of images – the most beautiful images of the “Berg”!
If you can’t see the movie about the mountains, please click HERE and you can still watch it, the link will open in a new window.
This pdf-link is a map from the Drakensberg-area…which you can download.
Click HERE to visit different places of the Drakensberg mountain and you can also make bookings from this link. This mountain range stretches from the Northern part of South Africa to the Southern part of the country. The highest peak is Mount Aux Sources, about 4300m. I was on Mount Aux Sources when I was 15 with a school hiking trip! Two of our teachers went with us, I think we were about 20-30 students, 15 and 16 years old. I can remember we travelled through Qwa-Qwa -Eastern Free State -and I we parked the coaches at Witsieshoek. From there you are sort of already at the foothills of the mountain and it won’t take you that long to the summit. But hey, be prepared for two chain ladders! Gosh, the wind is strong up there! You have your kit on your back, – tent, rucksack, sleeping bag, whatever you take with you – and you go up the ladder with everything. Some of the students were scared and our teacher used a rope to make them feel more safe. I think I just prayed all the way up! hehe…There is a hut on Mount Aux Sources, but when we were there, the roof was down.
There are many caves in “The Berg” where you can sleep when going on a hiking trip….click HERE to see the caves and links….they tell you also about CAVE ETIQUETTE! on the cave-index page! You can also read on the “hut” link where to find huts to stay on your trip! And…on THIS LINK you can see a gallery of the peaks in “The Berg”..and their names. This is really a MUST go place to go on holiday, make sure you don’t miss out!
The flower is South Africa’s National Flower, the King Protea.
The Springbok – South Africa’s National antelope – also the Rugby team of our country called the Springboks.
The Blue Crane…our National Bird…
When it comes to trees….the Yellowwood
Our Coat of Arms….
Read on THIS LINK more about South Africa and also about the symbols.
On this linkHERE you can listen to the National Anthem of South Africa, first in Afrikaans and then in English.
Posted in Drakensberg mountains, hiking, holiday, nature, Port St Johns, South Africa, Wild Coast, tagged chainladder, Drakensberg mountains, hiking, hiking in the Drakensberg, nature, Port St Johns, South Africa, Wild Coast on 05/09/2007 | Leave a Comment »
I love the Drakensberg mountains….did a few hiking trips there….my first was when I was 15…with a school trip….and I made it to the top of Mount Aux Sources…the highest peak in South Africa…I think it is about 4300m……there was a hut…but the roof was down! The highest peak of the whole range is in Lesotho.
Posted in Drakensberg mountains, Mount Aux Sources, South Africa, tagged Chain ladder Mount Aux Sources, Drakensberg Chain ladders, Drakensberg mountains, Mount Aux Sources on 16/06/2007 | 3 Comments »
Chain ladders to get to the top of Mount Aux Sources! I was on this ladder when I was 15….with a school trip! The wind was blowing and it was quite scary with everything on your back. Mount Aux Sources is the highest peak in the Drakensberg mountains. “Drakensberg” means basically “monstrous mountains”…and that is really what it is…the whole range…from the North of the country….it stretches to the South…Mount Aux Sources is about 4200 m. Devil’s Tooth is just opposite Mount Aux Sources. There is a hut, but the thatched roof was blown off by strong winds…but at least we had some tents with us and some of us just slept in the open! It also rained that night…!