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Click to access drakensberg.pdf

The pdf has loads about the mountain.

Drakensberg Map

On this link, you will find two map links – very detailed and beautiful.

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 4300 m. I was on Mount Aux Sources when I was 15 with a school hiking trip! Two of our teachers went with us. We were about 20-30 students, 15 and 16 years old. I can remember we travelled through Qwa-Qwa –Eastern Free State -and we parked the coaches at Witsieshoek. From there you are sort of already at the foothills of the mountain and it wouldn’t take you that long to the summit. Just a few hours. But hey, be prepared for two chain ladders and strong winds. 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 tie around one another to make them feel more safe. I think I just prayed all the way up! There is a hut on Mount Aux Sources, but when we arrived there, the roof was down! So, we just slept wherever we felt safe – away from trees because of the possibility of thunder and lightning.

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.

King Protea

The Springbok – South Africa’s National antelope – also the Rugby team of our country called the Springboks.


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As a student, I went on several hiking trips….one with Uncle Mauritz, a great man. He was the chief engineer of the Transkei Highland Water Scheme Project and he knows that part of the country like the palm of his hand! We were 34 people, about 6 children age 9/10. This is part of the Wild Coast! At some places we walked ON the beach…other places just about 20 m away…and sometimes on high cliffs/the escarpment.  At night our tents were about 50m from the beach!
He showed us spectacular places, the highest water fall with its fall cascading into the sea, it is called the Waterfall Bluff.  Hidden places! Tea plantations…Magwa Waterfalls….Top Hat…Lupatana Splash Rock…. are just a few to mention. It was really an experience with him. You got to see the beautiful unspoiled beaches and part of the trail is up along the escarpment. One walks along the cliff tops with magnificent views. The terrain is spectacular but fairly strenuous.
It was a difficult route for the children, so when we came to the Mkambati Nature Reserve, we sadly ended our trip there. But, we had to cross a river first and it was in flood! – see the first picture in this entry.   We had a GREAT time for a day at the resort and it was great fun….the bar man was a great sport and we had big laughs with him. A coach picked us up at the resort and we set off for Margate….one of THE places to go on holiday by the beach….well, that was ‘way back then.’
I kept a diary of everything that happened, where we had breakfast, what time…lunch…places and times…how far we walked from A to B to C…etc. I still have the maps where I indicated on the maps where we stopped and what we saw there….somewhere between lots of stuff packed away…
map Port St Johns

Port Edward map

Click on the image for a larger view. We started at Port St Johns and we walked North towards Port Edward.

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waterfall bluff

Waterfall Bluff -wildcoast.co.za

Update: August 2011

Since I got my own photos now with me – I could scan them in and here are a couple of pictures from this hiking trip!


In this photo you can see uncle Mauritz, our leader. He was also the chief engineer of the Highlands Water Scheme. We all gathered first at his house and he showed us a slide show of the area and discussed all sorts of ‘issues’.

And everybody wants to take a picture! Obviously, I took this picture of ‘everyone’! lol

Whole-in-the-wall seen from above – the cliffs. This is my own picture.

One of the beautiful waterfalls on the trip. Hope you can see the people in this pic.

And this is ME – end of the trip…exhausted.

‘Top hat’ and to the right you can see part of Lupatana – also my own pic!

This is the actual Lupatana – an image from this site:

http://throughtravelanderror.blogspot.com/

Mbotyi falls – image: Wildcoastholidays.co.za

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