South Africa - Drakensberg

DRAKENSBERG

Truly the most majestic and largest mountain range in South Africa is The Drakensberg. Its height reaches almost 3500 metres and spreads from the south eastern part of the country through Lesotho and into the Northern area of Mpumalanga.

It is home to an array of wildlife – from over 250 different bird species, mammals such as eland, baboons and buck to the less commonly found white rhinos and wildebeest. Reptiles abound, like tree and rain frogs and a large variety of fish that live in the many rivers that flow through this extraordinary mountain range. The vegetation is also something to boast about and has many beautiful forests and grasslands within the area. The picturesque views and scenic hikes make this spot ideal for someone wanting a little less of the city life and more time in nature.

Also known as the Dragon Mountains, Drakensberg activities include outdoors adventures such as mountain biking on the many trails this area has to offer, white river rafting on the Tugela River, zip lining amongst ancient trees in spectacular forests, canoeing on one of the many lakes as well as quad biking or horse-back riding at the foot of the stunning mountain ranges.

Drakensberg is a hikers’ paradise and has trails all over the region. A hike to Tugela Falls is a must for nature enthusiasts – the second largest waterfall in Africa and is definitely a sight worth experiencing.  Sani Pass is a remarkable pass through the Drakensberg that also has many hiking and biking trails to explore.

If you would like to venture to the more cultural side of the Drakensberg, then the ancient Bushman Rock Art is a must see. This area has the highest concentration of san bushman rock art in South Africa and can be viewed in isolated caves while enjoying a stunning hike or in the easily accessible Bushmans’ Cave museum in the Giants Castle Reserve where paintings are dated up to 800 years old.

Whether relaxing near a tranquil lake with a glass of wine while absorbing the breath-taking views of this incredible area or exploring the mountain trails and impressive wildlife on display is more your idea of a perfect getaway, the Drakensberg has it all. Contact Ashanti Travel Online to assist booking a tour best suited to your ultimate holiday.

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1603, 2020

Video Blog: Lion takes down Kudu on the road.

March 16th, 2020|Categories: Budget Safaris, Kruger National Park, News, South Africa|0 Comments

In this video blog you will see an escorted lion taking a casual walk before he takes his opportunity to hunt down a kudu in front of a fleet of vehicles, while being filmed and chased by the cars, the lion fights the kudu on the road. At the start of the video, the lion is escorted by a fleet of 4x4 vehicles filled with excited tourists. The lion casually walks over the road and seems to be unbothered by the closely following cars as well as the created roadblock on [...]

503, 2020

Video Blog: Unique Perspective Of A Vulture In The Sky

March 5th, 2020|Categories: Budget Safaris, Kruger National Park, News, South Africa|0 Comments

In this video, you can see a South African couple talking about the preservation of the endangered Cape Vulture or Cape Griffon. You can also see the unique point of view of a vulture soaring through the sky. Cape Vultures are seen as predators. However, they don't kill their food. Instead, they hunt for carcasses and feast on the remains. The feet or claws of the vulture are made for walking, and they can't lift prey with it. A group of 50 vultures is able to reduce a sheep or impala [...]

203, 2020

Why Do Whales Breach?

March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cape Town, Day Tours, News, South Africa|0 Comments

In this video, you will see a Humpback Whale performing an impressive full-body breach in South Africa. But why do whales breach out of the water, do they do it for pleasure, or is there more to it? Whales live in every ocean around the world, and their species range from a 280-kilo Dwarf Sperm Whale to the massive Blue Whale with its 150000 kg. The Blue Whale can grow up to the size of a professional basketball court with a heart the size of a small car. Whales are known [...]

2602, 2020

Video Blog: Porcupines take revenge on Leopard.

February 26th, 2020|Categories: Budget Safaris, Kruger National Park, News, South Africa|0 Comments

Porcupines can defend themselves pretty well, but this leopard still attempts to attack two porcupines. Unfortunately, the leopard has other problems now. Watch the video and learn more about the Crested Porcupine and their defense mechanism. The Porcupine named after the french "porc espin," meaning spined pig, is known for its coat of long sharp quills. That's why it is also known as the Quill Pig. These quills are hollow hairs made out of keratin, and they are modified with muscles at the base, which allows the Porcupine to raise these [...]

1902, 2020

Video Blog: The Fearless Honey Badger

February 19th, 2020|Categories: Budget Safaris, Kruger National Park, News, South Africa|0 Comments

The Honey Badger is known as a fearless animal with many maneuvers to attack and defend itself. In this video blog, you can see why the honey badger holds the Guinness book of records as the most fearless creature as she attacks a leopard to defend her baby. The Honey Badger, also named "the honey eater of the cape" due to this little monster's appetite for honey. It is fearless and adapted for a fight. Although the badger looks like a skunk, they are unrelated. But, the badger does have the [...]

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