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Drakensberg tour – 20th July 2015   We began our Drakensberg day tour just outside Durban from my home as I was taking my cousins and wife up the Sani pass into Lesotho. It had been 13 years since I had seen my cousin so I was pretty happy about showing off my beautiful country to them and having my wife come with us as well.   I did the usual covering some of the history of the area of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa before we arrived in Underberg and changed over vehicles into a 4×4 to go up the Sani pass.   Lesotho is an amazing country with the Drakensberg mountain as its border. In Zulu we call it Ukhahlamba which means the barrier of spears and the word “Drakensberg” means dragons peak!   The view up the Sani pass in the Drakensberg was lovely today as it was a clear day.         Drakensberg tour, View up the Drakensberg Drakensberg tour, View up the Drakensberg                               We had a very lucky day on our way up to Lesotho and in Lesotho itself, we spotted a host of Jackal Buzzards and Pied crows… As well as Dassies(Rock Hyrax), Eland antelope and Reebuck. We even spotted some Ground Woodpeckers.         Drakensberg tour, Ground Wood Pecker Drakensberg tour, Ground Wood Pecker                               The Eland are the Bushmen or San peoples totem animal and these people were the original South Africans that were sadly killed out by every other group of people that are in South African today. The Eland had special powers for the San people and they would use it to communicate with there ancestors.         Drakensberg tour, Eland Drakensberg tour, Eland                                 On route up the Drakensberg on our day tour into Lesotho we came across a small waterfall up Sani Pass called Lovers Cascade. It is believed that here the San people would come to drink the fresh water and which would give them eternal life…         Drakensberg tour, Lovers cascade! Drakensberg tour, Lovers cascade!                                 We then stopped at the South African border post before we continued the 8 kilometers to Sani top the highest pub in Africa and of course the Lesotho border post. We got the passports stamped and I got a picture of my cousins.         Drakensberg tour, My cousins at the South African border post Drakensberg tour, My cousins at the South African border post                               As we made our way into Lesotho we noticed that there was snow in the mountain and some of the hairpin bends were which has waterfalls were frozen over. It was about 9 degrees up the sani pass but mostly due to to cold breeze. It was now time for us to visit the Basotho village and to enter one of the huts to learn more about the Basotho people and taste some lovely home made bread.         Drakensberg tour, Snow in the Drakensberg Drakensberg tour, Snow in the Drakensberg                               After the great hospitality we continued our Drakensberg tour and made our way to the Highest pub in Africa, Sani Top. It was here we had some lunch and enjoyed the great views as well as the warmth of the Pub as it was so cold.           Drakensberg tour, Highest pub in Africa Drakensberg tour, Highest pub in Africa                                 After lunch it was time to begin the journey down the Sani pass and enjoy the spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountain leaving Lesotho behind us.   It was a beautiful decent down the Drakensberg mountain and we arrived back at the bottom at about 15:30.           Drakensberg tour, View down Sani pass in the Drakensberg Drakensberg tour, View down Sani pass in the Drakensberg                               Once we got to the bottom we stretched our legs after the “African Massage” on the bumpy dirt roads and made our way back home after what turned out to be a very long but enjoyable day.   Our Drakensberg day tour ended back at our home where we enjoyed some food and a special drink my cousins brought for us. It was a special day!   If you would like to do this tour into the Drakensberg click the below link:   Drakensberg day tour

Drakensberg tour

Drakensberg private day tour     I met my client in Umhlanga north of Durban for his Drakensberg private day tour and it was an early start. I was there at 05:30 for 6am and we then drove to Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg and where the temperatures dropped to 0 Degrees Celsius. It was going to be a cold day!   When we arrived in Underberg to swap over into a 4×4 vehicle to go up the Sani pass (the only way you can get up) we had some coffee and noted that the top of the mountain had snow on it which was great! As we began up Sani pass we stopped along the way to enjoy the views and this beautiful Durban day tour in the Drakensberg mountains.           Drakensberg tour; View up Sani pass Drakensberg tour; View up Sani pass                               Sani pass is an old trading route between Lesotho and South Africa on the eastern side of Lesotho which is a land locked country and on average the highest country in the world. The lowest point is about 1300 meters and the highest is 3500 meters.   The views as you can imagine are amazing and well worth a visit.          Drakensberg tour; Second view up Sani pass Drakensberg tour; Second view up Sani pass                               Aside of stopping for the great views we stopped at the South African border post to get our passports stamped as we entered into 8 kilometers of No mans land which actually belongs to South Africa before the hair-bends which rise us up into Lesotho the mountain kingdom.   Yes Lesotho is a Kingdom and has a King who thankfully only has one wife and a few kids but is slightly involved with the running of the Country although there is a prime minister.         Drakensberg tour; South African border post to Lesotho Drakensberg tour; South African border post to Lesotho                               After getting up into Lesotho and passing the boarder post we stopped to look the the amazingly baron land that this small village on the Eastern side of Lesotho has and must still survive. A Drakensberg tour of this nature is always interesting and makes you realize what you have back home as these people really battle and with the little tourism that they now have they are starting to get some help.         Drakensberg tour; Snow in Lesotho Drakensberg tour; Snow in Lesotho                               It was not time to visit one of the ladies in the village and enter her hut to learn more about the amazing culture of the Basotho people as well as taste the lovely Basotho pot bread! The bread could be my favourite part of the tour!         Drakensberg tour; Basotho village Drakensberg tour; Basotho village                               This baron land is no good for growing of crops as it is the highlands of Lesotho and very rocky. This means the people in this area have to travel either into South Africa to get food or 56 kilometers to the nearest town.   They do have a Pig with piglets and of course the Basotho Shepherds have meat from the Angora goat or the Marino Sheep that they also sell to South Africa.   Our next stop was Africa’s Highest Pub at 2874 meters above sea level which is high. I always get a headache up here but it is worth it. The food is good and the views amazing.         Drakensberg tour; Sign at the Highest Pub in Africa Drakensberg tour; Sign at the Highest Pub in Africa                               I snapped away and also got a picture of James in the bar on this Drakensberg day tour.         Drakensberg tour; James at the bar of the Highest Pub in Africa Drakensberg tour; James at the bar of the Highest Pub in Africa                                 After this amazing experience we made our way down the Sani pass still looking for the Eland antelope which we did not see but non of us really worried about it as we had seem so much.   On the animal front which was a bonus we spotted Baboons, Rock Hyrax as well as a Spotted Eagle own on the the way down which was really odd as it was just after 3pm! They are supposed to be sleeping! I always love seeing animals out of normal routine as it just shows even if you read all the books on them they will surprise you!         Drakensberg tour; Spotted eagle owl Drakensberg tour; Spotted eagle owl                               We had an amazing time on our Drakensberg day tour and had so many memories to take home with us. We just had the drive back to Umhlanga left and it wasn’t to bad even though we were pretty tired our Durban day tour had really been worth it. If you would like to join the Sani Pass Drakensberg day tour you can check out the itinerary and the pricing on the below link:   Sani Pass day tour from Durban    

Sani Pass Tour

Sani Pass Tour into Lesotho 10th June 2015     I met my clients in Durban and we began the 2.5 – 3 hour drive up to Underberg where we would be ascending into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho via the Sani Pass. It was a very cold day and on route to Underberg we actually saw the mercury drop down to 1 degree Celsius which was quite something for South Africa and KwaZulu Natal, but it was our winter! As we drove I chatted about some of the interesting history but as my client we Lawyers they were keen on hearing my opinion on the state of the Nation.   We arrived in Underberg and it was around 5 degrees. After fulling up the paper work it was time to get into the 4×4 vehicle and we made our way slowly up the pass climbing over 1500 meters in a couple hours. We always stop to look at the amazing view on these Sani Pass tours so we can get some great pictures.         Sani Pass Tour; View up Sani Pass Sani Pass Tour; View up Sani Pass                                 The Drakensberg or Ukhahlamba in Zulu meaning Barrier of Spears is South Africa’s second World heritage site behind St Lucia or Isimangeliso wetland park where we would be going the following day. These majestic mountains cover over 250 kilometers and rise up to about 3500 meters which is the highest point south of Kilimanjaro. We reached the South African border post and got out at passport control and stretched the legs.         Sani Pass Tour; South African border post Sani Pass Tour; South African border post                               We then continued out Sani pass tour and arrived at the Lesotho boarder post and the temperature was 9 degrees we were all sure it was less as it was freezing.   Here at the Sani Top you have the highest pub and Africa which we had lunch at and some interesting shops.         Sani Pass Tour; Shop in Lesotho Sani Pass Tour; Shop in Lesotho                               The Chinese have just finished tarring the road from the top of the pass to the nearest town which made our drive really easy to the Basotho village where we met a couple Sesotho people and entered into one of the ladies huts for a taste of her free pot bread. It was as always lovely!         Sani Pass Tour; Basotho pot bread Sani Pass Tour; Basotho pot bread                               We also got to see some pigs which sound crazy but the mother pig had babies and they were actually cute. They even started sucking while we were there and this was a sight to behold as they gorged themselves! Sani pass is really a lovely way to access Lesotho if you have a 4×4 and is well worth the visit. We had learned more about the Basotho people and their culture so after a final picture of the Basotho hut we made our way back to Sani top to have lunch at the highest pub in Africa situated at 2874 meters above sea level!           Sani Pass Tour; Basotho hut Sani Pass Tour; Basotho hut                                 The lunch was great and we enjoyed the views down the mountain and Sani pass before getting back into the vehicle and making our way down from Lesotho leaving the majestic Sani Pass behind us and re-entering South Africa.           Sani Pass Tour; View down Sani Pass Sani Pass Tour; View down Sani Pass                               The hairpin bends at the last section of Sani pass are something you have to witness to believe and they views on this Sani pass tour are amazing. Words cannot describe the area, you have to visit this amazing area on a Durban day tour.   We arrived safely back down in South African and made our way back to Durban arriving home before 7am. The next day would be the St Lucia day tour. 

Sani Pass Drakensberg day tour

Sani Pass Drakensberg day tour 25th April 2015   I met me clients in Durban and they would be doing two days of touring with me beginning with today’s Sani Pass Drakensberg day tour from Durban. It was an early start at 6am and we began the almost 3 hour drive to the base of Sani pass which boarders on Lesotho the mountain kingdom. It was here we met with the 4×4 vehicles for the tour itself of the Drakensberg. On route I had already set the scene and covered a lot of the History of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa.   As we ascended the great Drakensberg over into Lesotho we enjoyed the spectacular views of the mountain and enjoyed the day of touring from Durban.        Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture going up Sani Pass Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture going up Sani Pass                               Every so often we go out of the vehicle to stretch the legs and enjoy the view on route to our destination Lesotho and the highest Pub in Africa! We got the the South African border post and after the formalities of passport stamping we spotted some Eland up on the hill. These majestic antelope are the original people of South Africa, the bushmen’s totem animal. The blood and fat of these animals were used in the paint of the Bushmen in the cliff overhangs in this Drakensberg range. The name itself Drakensberg means Dragons peak and the Zulu name “Ukhahlamba” mean barrier of spears! Both names are so indicative of this amazing mountain which is a mixture of Sand stone and Basalt rock.           Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture of Eland Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture of Eland                                 We finally reached boarder post into Lesotho at an altitude of 2874 meters above sea level. Having come from Sea level it was pretty high and it is normal to have a little headache.  It was hear that we had conquered this great mountain to reach its summit as many other had done before us. We spotted a little shop at the top before heading to the highest pub in Africa.       Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Shop at Sani top Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Shop at Sani top                               Lesotho on the eastern side is very baron and this pass was originally used for Donkeys and horses to trade with the South Africans with Mohair and wool. It is such a rough arid environment that you just cannot see how people can survive here, but they do. The nearest school is 50 km away so when the kids leave for school they only return for holidays to see their family.         Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Basotho homes Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Basotho homes                               At the moment the Chinese are in Lesotho creating a road from the village at Sani Pass to the nearest town where the kids get educated. The agreement is that they must use local staff for the labour. We had a great lunch under the hot Lesotho sun but with the breeze we were all a little cold however that wasn’t going to stop us from enjoying the breathtaking views, the Basotho Shepherds and after lunch the Basotho village. It was here we entered into on of the locals homes and she had some bread in a pot on coals and she was kind enough to share some with us and even allow us to taste there traditional beer.   The views on the way down were just as good as on the way up the pass and our Drakensberg day tour from Durban had really been amazing.         Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture coming down Sani pass Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture coming down Sani pass                               We were grateful for the amazing weather that we had been blessed with and the amazing sights and sounds of this mountain we have come to know as the Drakensberg. After we arrived back at the bottom we headed off to Durban where I dropped my clients off at a restaurant I recommended and then I headed back home for the night.   It had been a great Durban day tour up Sani Pass into Lesotho.

Drakensberg day tour – Sani pass Lesotho

Drakensberg day tour – Sani pass Lesotho 12th March 2015   I met my clients in Durban for their Drakensberg day tour where we would be going up the pass into Lesotho a land locked country in South Africa and on average the highest country in the world. We headed to UnderBerg where we would meet the 4×4 vehicle to begin our Durban Day Tour which would take us over into the Drakensberg/Lesotho via the Sani Pass. Sani Pass is a massive 2874 meters above sea level and has the Highest Pub in Africa at the top. Lesotho in the Drakensberg is on average over the country the Highest country in the world! This is mostly due to it being one of only a few countries which is land locked by one country(South Africa). The Zulu Name for this amazing mountain range is Ukhahlamba which in English mean Barrier of Spears due to the nature of the difficulty to cross these majestic mountains. This eastern side of Lesotho is the most baron part of Lesotho and only a handful of Hardy people live here. The Sani Pass has been used for years as a trading point for the Basotho(people of Lesotho) to Shear their sheep and goats and sell it to the South Africans. The Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban is only 2.5 – 3 hours away from the city of Durban and is spectacular. If you are in the Durban are you need to take thisDurban day tour with Tim Brown Tours. We begun this amazing Durban Day Tour at 09:00 from Underberg and on route had some spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountain. We first stopped at the old Ticket station where if you are moving between Lesotho and South Africa you need to stop and put your name on the list so that the taxi knows who was there first before traversing the Sani pass into Lesotho via the Drakensberg or into South Africa. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Waterfall   Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Waterfall We continued up Sani Pass in the Drakensberg and stopped to look at the views in the mountain range the next stop being the border post into “No mans land” – the 8 Kilometers between the South African Border post and the Lesotho Border post. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, South African Border post Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, South African Border post As we continued in no mans land we got some more amazing views up the Sani pass of the Drakensberg. For me it is like home and it holds so many memories for myself and my wife as we spend some of our Holidays in these majestic mountains. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, View up the pass Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, View up the pass We continued up the Drakensberg and Sani Pass and reached ice corner which is so named because it is always got ice at that bend, when it snows that is a very difficult corner to traverse; even with a 4×4! After getting up Sani Pass and finally through the border post into Lesotho our Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban continued! We drove off to a Basotho village where we met with Me-Ilena and she was busy making the traditional Sotho pot bread. She was very welcoming and invited her into her home and we learned more on the Sotho Culture. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Sotho hut Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Sotho hut It was not time to see the amazing bread the lady of the house had prepared, Just so you know this is as rural a place as possible and we are actually entering some body’s home so this is a real honor to taste her bread and it is amazing! Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Basotho bread Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Basotho bread Before leaving the hut we learned more about the Sotho culture and also saw some 5 week old kittens. I had one of the cats laying on my lap and I was a bit surprised to find out it was the male! It was now time to head to the highest pub in Africa, Sani Top! Before we could get there we spotted a Basotho Shepard or herder. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Basotho herder Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Basotho herder Lunch at the highest Pub in Africa was amazing and at that altitude I must say I got a headache the wind chill factor didn’t help as it reduced the temperature. At least the pub is warm inside! Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Highest Pub in Africa Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Highest Pub in Africa We left the Highest Pub in Africa in the Drakensberg/Lesotho and made our way back down the mountain the views were amazing and we were all very content with how the Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg had panned out. The view down the pass from the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg was amazing and I had to take more pictures. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, View down the pass Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, View down the pass The view was so amazing the the drive so steep that I tried to film some of it to show you how it is driving down there but it is nothing like the real thing. You will have to just book a Drakensberg day tour to Sani pass to really see it. Video of drive down the Sani pass – Drakensberg. The Sani Pass Tour from Durban into the Drakensberg are so special and you have to experience it to believe it!

Drakensberg 3 Day hiking and scenic Tour

Drakensberg 3 Day hiking and scenic Tour 26 – 28 November 2014      I collected my client from their hotel at 7am, this was the same group that we with me on the previous Durban Safari Tour. Our Drakensberg leg of our Tour would be very different to the game reserve safari tour. We began at the Nelson Mandela Capture site near Howick and this was a great part of the tour to learn about the big man and the way he chose to lead his life post imprisonment.   Nelson Mandela capture site seen on our Durban Drakensberg and Midlands Tour Nelson Mandela capture site seen on our Durban Drakensberg and Midlands Tour                                     The actual capture site is across on the other side of the road where a plaque stands to commemorate this day in 1962 when Mandela finally was captured for trying to overthrow the South African Apartheid government.   My clients at the Mandela capture site plaque My clients at the Mandela capture site plaque                                     The latest edition to the capture site is a architectural structure which I can only describe as amazing that from one angle only shows the face of Mandela! This means of course that you have to enter the Museum section and take a “long walk to freedom” as they call it in order to see this amazing structure. Well worth the 200 meter walk…   The new steel construction which shows Madibas face only at one angle The new steel construction which shows Madibas face only at one angle                                     Nelson Mandela was also known as “Madiba” which was the name given to him by his clan/Tribe it is said that he was born of a Royal Chief of the AmaThembu people in the Eastern cape and his father relinquished this title due to a misunderstanding/dispute over stolen cattle…   After this amazing visit I decided to add in the Howick Falls and craft shops to the itinerary as we had the time and it wasn’t far away. Howick is a lovely quaint British colonial town in the Midland of our beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal.   Howick falls near Mandela capture site Howick falls near Mandela capture site                                       Howick falls is about a 96 meters drop and one of the higher waterfalls in South Africa but well behind Tugela falls at 947 meters. Once we had enjoyed the view of the falls we moved up the streets into the town to look at the lovely shops and have some coffee. I made the mistake of buying Joey a Vuvuzela and him being interested in music drove his poor mother mad. I do apologize Betsy! Sorry. At least Joey liked the Vuvuzela and Dave his father also gave it a blow.   At this point we headed for our destination the amazing Central Drakensberg – Cathedral Peak and Didima where we would be spending a couple of nights. The views were breath taking and the villages we passed through were so rural but amazingly happy. I always say people are happier with less and less is more!   Once we arrived and got settled at Didima we headed out on a hike to the lovely Doreen falls. We saw so much along the way including Protea flowers, Imphepo – a herb used to ward off evil spirits by burning it in your hut and breath taking scenery!    Protea flower in the Drakensberg on our first hike Protea flower in the Drakensberg on our first hike                                         Stuck between a Rock and a hard place seen on our Drakensberg Tour Stuck between a Rock and a hard place seen on our Drakensberg Tour                                     When we got to Doreen falls itself if was flowing beautifully and because we are so high up you can drink they clean mountain water naturally filtered by the rocks. I got my clients to pose behind the falls as there is a lovely cave there that could have been used by the San Bushmen as shelter hundreds of years earlier.   Doreen Falls with my clients behind the falls during our Drakensberg Tour Doreen Falls with my clients behind the falls during our Drakensberg Tour                                       As we made our way back down we came across a Reed buck male and female which were alarm calling once they spotted us. We stopped and gazed at them before the decided it was time to head off and leave us in their wake!   Reedbuck seen in the Drakensberg mountains on a hike Reedbuck seen in the Drakensberg mountains on a hike                                       It was time to get back to Didima lodge for the night. We had a lovely dinner and had our day all planned for the next day with some hiking in the Northern Drakensberg – Royal Natal National Park.   Day 2: Drakensberg 3 Day hiking and scenic Tour   We awoke to the amazing clear Cathedral Peak visible from our rooms! What a lovely sight before some breakfast and an hour drive to the Northern Drakensberg!   View on the second morning from my room of Cathedral peak in the Drakensberg View on the second morning from my room of Cathedral peak in the Drakensberg                                       When we arrived in Royal Natal National Park named after Queen Victoria’s visit in the 1940’s we began with a short hike up to some Bushman painting which are 800 years old. These are young in the greater scheme of things as we have bushman painting dating back as far as 28 000 years. These amazing 4 foot high people have been roaming these mountain peaks for the past 40 000 years until modern man arrived.   Bushman paintings that are 800 years old seen on a hike in the Northern Drakensberg Bushman paintings that are 800 years old seen on a hike in the Northern Drakensberg                                       Myself showing some of these amazing Bushman paintings in the Drakensberg Myself showing some of these amazing Bushman paintings in the Drakensberg                                         The sites are protected and can only be seen with a guide. Over years people have defaced these amazing pictures and this is what has now caused the protection of the artwork. Thank you to David and his friends…   Before we descended the slopes I pointed out some fossils of a sea snail proving that at one time the Drakensberg was under water and it was an inland sea. Unbelievable as they are over 3000 meters above it now…   Fossils in the Drakensberg of sea shells seen on one of our hikes Fossils in the Drakensberg of sea shells seen on one of our hikes                                       We began the descent and the views were lovely, we still have a 3- 4 hour hike ahead of us so it was important to get down and begin the longer hike as the wind was picking up and the weather forecast was a storm later in the afternoon which we didn’t want to get caught in. Dave’s clever solution was to take the ponchos with us and this would ward off the rain, which it did!   Drakensberg day 2 view of the Northern Drakensberg Mont aux Sources Drakensberg day 2 view of the Northern Drakensberg Mont aux Sources                                     I quickly signed the hiking register and got ourselves started on the big hike up from Mahai to Tiger falls, Look out Rock, Gudu falls and Gudu forest before the descent to Mahai parking lot.   The view before we left was as follows:   View of the area we hiked on Day 2 in the Northern Drakensberg on our Tour View of the area we hiked on Day 2 in the Northern Drakensberg on our Tour                                     We enjoyed the views of “Sleeping Beauty” and all the wild flowers before arriving at Tiger falls. This is a very special area for me as I have walked this area from a small boy. Tiger falls didn’t seem to have much water but it was a great place to refuel on mountain water before making our way around to “Look out Rock”.    Tiger Falls in the Northern Drakensberg during our hiking tour from Durban Tiger Falls in the Northern Drakensberg during our hiking tour from Durban                               After look out rock I think we were all getting a little hungry as the pace picked up and Joey sped down the mountain like a gazelle! We tried to match him which only made us more tired when we got down to the bottom 3 hours after beginning this hike.   Proteas in flower with the Drakensberg behind seen on our Drakensberg Tour Proteas in flower with the Drakensberg behind seen on our Drakensberg Tour                               At this point it was a matter of filling out the register to say we had returned safe and then we took the scenic drive to Hlalanathi where we would have lunch.  My chocolate coffee was welcome after all the mountain water I had drunk and so was the Burger. It was already 3pm and we departed for Didima arriving near to 5pm. It was time for some rest before dinner which was again lovely.(excepting my missing pastry!) Finally the storm had caught up with us and the rain came at night. Bed was calling our names and we go back to the fireplace around 8-9pm for some sleep.   Day 3: Drakensberg 3 Day hiking and scenic Tour   This day was a later start 7am meeting for breakfast after packing luggage into the vehicle. Breakfast as pretty good and then after we checked out we went down to the Rock art center Museum and interpretive center. This Museum is amazing and has artifacts found on the San Bushmen dating way back. One of the most interesting finding is a full set of Bushman hunting equipment. A quiver, Arrows, poison pouch etc.   Bushman arrows and Quiver seen in a Muesem in the Drakensberg on our Tour Bushman arrows and Quiver seen in a Muesem in the Drakensberg on our Tour                                       This was actually found by Mr J.S. Lombaard in 1926 in a cave in the Drakensberg mountains. He wrote a letter to request someone to purchase the items from him. It ended up in this museum we visited.   Letter from Mr Lombaard on the findings of the San Bushman Quiver and Arrows Letter from Mr Lombaard on the findings of the San Bushman Quiver and Arrows                                       One of the last remaining full blooded Bushmen on the eastern part of South Africa by the name Qing also described some of the culture to the western communities which was jotted down in booked and made public. The museum contains snippets of the things he said as well as a very powerful video which explains to you more about the bushmen and there ways.   Quotes from Qing a San Bushman who was interviewed on his people Quotes from Qing a San Bushman who was interviewed on his people                                       After this powerful experience we exited and took our final picture of my clients with a life size statue of an Eland the largest antelope in Africa and can weigh as much as 1000 Kgs.   My clients and a statue of an Eland antilope at Didima during our Drakensberg Tour My clients and a statue of an Eland antelope at Didima during our Drakensberg Tour                                     This ended the second part of our Tour, 3 days in the amazing Drakensberg Mountains. The Drakensberg meaning – Dragons Peak or in Zulu UKhahlamba – Barrier of Spears, these are name to describe this incredible place of peace and beauty!  

Sani Pass Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban

Sani Pass Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban– 21st November 2014     After collecting my clients from there respective hotels we began with the interesting drive to Underberg and Himeville where we meet our 4×4 vehicles and head up the Sani Pass into Lesotho   This whole are is known as the Drakensberg and is South Africa’s second world heritage site.   The Drakensberg mountain are best visited with a guide who knows the area and can expand on the history of the area and the original South Africans, the San – Bushmen.   Once we got into the 4×4 vehicle we headed up the pass stopping every so often to see the beauty of this over 3000 meter mountain.   Sani Pass artistic picture on our Durban Day Tour into the Drakensberg Sani Pass artistic picture on our Durban Day Tour into the Drakensberg                                       The next photo I chose was a picture of the group with the mighty Drakensberg as our back drop. This area is steeped in history and great beauty.   The group I took up Sani Pass into Lesotho during our Drakensberg Day Tour The group I took up Sani Pass into Lesotho during our Drakensberg Day Tour                                       We finally reached the top of the pass and passed through the two boarder posts and “No mans land” to get to the summit. Here we are 2874 meters above sea level and the country changes to Lesotho. Lesotho is the highest country on average in the world as it is land locked within South Africa.   It was here that we visited a SeSotho village. We met with one of the local ladies who showed us into her hut and we got to learn more of this great Sotho culture. She even had the bread ready for us to taste, real Basotho bread. It was amazing!   Basotho hut seen in Lesotho on our Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg up Sani Pass Basotho hut seen in Lesotho on our Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg up Sani Pass                                         Outside the hut was some chickens and the ladies husband was weaving some Sotho hats together. We also got some entertainment from the local sheep herders.   Sesotho Boys play home made musical instruments on our Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg Sesotho Boys play home made musical instruments on our Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg                                         We then moved on to the sheep shearing sheds and then to the highest pub in Africa. At 2874 meters above sea level it is a real gem and the food is great.   I had a lovely Burger before we continued back down the Sani Pass.   As we were at the top I took one last photo of the view.   View from the top of Sani Pass in the Drakensberg during our Durban Day Tour View from the top of Sani Pass in the Drakensberg during our Durban Day Tour                                       We continued down and the man which carries the wood every day from the bottom of pass to the top was on his way back up to see if he could sell the wood for money.   We always pay him for his photo out of respect before taking his picture.   Sesotho man carries wood up the Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour Sesotho man carries wood up the Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour                                       On the way down after this amazing Sani Pass Drakensberg Tour from Durban we stopped and took a picture of some lovely rock structures.   The Drakensberg mountains are really and amazing place to visit and rank as some of the most spectacular in the world. Join me for a Durban Day Tour in the mountains of KwaZulu-Natal.      Drakensberg Rock art see on our Durban Drakensberg Day Tour Drakensberg Rock art see on our Durban Drakensberg Day Tour                                       Our final stop was the bottom of the pass in Underberg and we then changed vehicles and headed the 3 hours back to Durban City. This had been as great Durban Day Tour.

Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban to the Sani Pass 18th June 2014

Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban to the Sani Pass 18th June 2014     We departed from Umhlanga outside of Durban with my clients and headed to UnderBerg where we would meet the 4×4 vehicle to begin our Durban Day Tour which would take us over into the Drakensberg/Lesotho via the Sani Pass. Sani Pass is a massive 2874 meters above sea level and has the Highest Pub in Africa at the top. Lesotho in the Drakensberg is on average over the country the Highest country in the world! This is mostly due to it being one of only a few countries which is land locked by one country(South Africa).     The Zulu Name for this amazing mountain range is Ukhahlamba which in English mean Barrier of Spears due to the nature of the difficulty to cross these majestic mountains.     This eastern side of Lesotho is the most baron part of Lesotho and only a handful of Hardy people live here. The Sani Pass has been used for years as a trading point for the Basotho(people of Lesotho) to Shear their sheep and goats and sell it to the South Africans.     The Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban is only 2.5 – 3 hours away from the city of Durban and is spectacular. If you are in the Durban are you need to take this Durban day tour with Tim Brown Tours.     Tim Brown Tours is fortunate to have won the certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the second year in a row and is rated very highly on TripAdvisor. If in Durban and wishing to do either a Durban Day Safari/Durban overnight Safari or Durban Day Tour/Durban Overnight Tour you need to contact us! We will make sure your experience is special.     We begun this amazing Durban Day Tour at 08:30 from Underberg and on route had some spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountains.     We first stopped at the old Ticket station where if you are moving between Lesotho and South Africa you need to stop and put your name on the list so that the taxi knows who was there first before traversing the Sani pass into Lesotho via the Drakensberg or into South Africa. Ticket office at base of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 Ticket office at base of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014         The next stop apart from the great views of the Drakensberg mountain was this lovely little waterfall on our Durban Day Tour. Waterfall when heading up Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 Waterfall when heading up Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014           We continued up Sani Pass in the Drakensberg and stopped to look at the views in the mountain range the next stop being the border post into “No mans land” – the 8 Kilometers between the South African Border post and the Lesotho Border post. Border post on South African side of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 Border post on South African side of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014           We continued up the Drakensberg and Sani Pass and reached ice corner which is so named because it is always got ice at that bend, when it snows that is a very difficult corner to traverse; even with a 4×4! Ice corner on our way up the Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 Ice corner on our way up the Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014           After getting up Sani Pass and finally through the border post into Lesotho our Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban continued! We drove off to a Basotho village where we met with Me-Ilena and she was busy making the traditional Sotho pot bread. She was very welcoming and invited her into her home and we learned more on the Sotho Culture.           Basotho Hut where we visit on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 Basotho Hut where we visit on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 Basotho Women prepares home made pot bread on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 Basotho Women prepares home made pot bread on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014         After we said goodbye to Me-Ilena and her lovely children we made our way back to Sani Top Pub the Highest pub in Africa at 2874 meters above sea level. We met some Basotho boys who played some music for us but it was so cold up there with a gale force wind blowing that we couldnt enjoy it for very long before heading inside to have a coffee and some warm food. This Durban Day Tour was warming up.           Basotho Boys playing home made instruments at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 Basotho Boys playing home made instruments at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014           Lunch at the highest Pub in Africa was amazing and at that altitude I must say I got a headache the wind chill factor didnt help as it reduced the temperature close to zero. Highest Pub in Africa at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 Highest Pub in Africa at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014           We left the Highest Pub in Africa in the Drakensberg/Lesotho and made our way back down the mountain the views were amazing and we were all very content with how the Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg had panned out.         View of highest Pub in Africa heading back out of Lesotho down Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 View of highest Pub in Africa heading back out of Lesotho down Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014 View down the pass from the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014   View down the pass from the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014       Sani Pass Tour from Durban into the Drakensberg are so special and you have to experience it to believe it! I do my best thinking in the mountains and even had my fathers ashes scattered in the Drakensberg in 2009. It is a truly special place. I would like to dedicate this blog post to my clients who did 3 Durban Day Tours with me but also to my Brother and his wife who had there first child this morning – To you “Jonah Lex Maber” may your life be as blessed and for-filled as mine!

Durban Day Safari Tour to the Drakensberg Mountains 29 May 2014

Durban Day Safari Tour to the Drakensberg Mountains 29 May 2014 After collecting my clients from Durban I found out that they were comrades runners and were novices. The Comrades in an Ultra Marathon of 89 Km in distance and no mean feat! I covered most of the Usual history of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa as well as the interesting things we saw along the way up to the Northern Drakensberg. After just over 3 hours of driving we reached our destination Royal Natal National Park (a requested name change by the queen Victoria). We started with the hour round trip Hike which is now a guided tour due to foolish children vandalising the rock art over the years. This protected area contains painting which are 800 years old which are young compared to the Bushmans history which dates back as far as 30 000 years! The San or Bushmen are the oldest know population of people who have ever lived and in this part of South Africa are extinct due to intolerance by the Zulus, British and Boers in the 1800’s. The hike was short and steep but more than worth it. This is a special Durban Day Safari Tour to the drakensberg which I do not advertise. Northern Drakensberg view from the Bushman paintings on our Durban Day Safari Tour to the Drakensberg mountains 29 May 2014 Northern Drakensberg view from the Bushman paintings on our Durban Day Safari Tour to the Drakensberg mountains 29 May 2014 At the bottom of the picture next to the road you can see the company car a mere ant compared to the surrounding mountains. The bushman painting hike is very steep and from the bottom to the top about 500 meters above the base level. Bushman Paintings of Eland and a Cobra on our Durban Day Safari Tour to the Drakensberg mountains 29 May 2014 Bushman Paintings of Eland and a Cobra on our Durban Day Safari Tour to the Drakensberg mountains 29 May 2014 The above painting made of white and red Ocre stone mixed with Blood, Egg, urine, animal fat and painted with natural products like feathers, fingers and twigs or 800 years old and still visible under this rock over hang. The sand stone in the mountains acted as a sponge absorbing the paint so that even a bit of weathering would not cause it to be lost 800 years later. The San – Bushman are my favorite people and the Zulus soon after! Living off the land they carved a life for themselves in Africa and were the first to start Iron/metal making. Durban Day Safari to the Drakensberg with Tim Brown Tours. Proof of the Drakensberg being an inland sea on our Durban Day Safari Tour to the Drakensberg mountains 29 May 2014 Proof of the Drakensberg being an inland sea on our Durban Day Safari Tour to the Drakensberg mountains 29 May 2014 The above images is a picture of fossils of sea urchins/shells in the rock next to the San Rock art which proves that even the mighty Drakensberg which reaches heights above 3000 meters above sea level was once an inland sea! Our Durban Day Safari Tour had only just begun as we now started a 3 hour hike from Mahai parking lot via Tiger Falls, Look Out Rock, Gudu Falls and Forest and returning to Mahai. I could tell that these runners we a lot fitter than myself especially after the issues I have been having with my back, however I managed to keep up with the pace and drank 3 bottles of fresh mountain water at Tiger Falls. The views were amazing and from the bottom this is what we saw. View up to Tiger Falls from Royal natal National Park on our Durban Day Safari Tour to the Drakensberg mountains 29 May 2014 View up to Tiger Falls from Royal natal National Park on our Durban Day Safari Tour to the Drakensberg mountains 29 May 2014 The above image is a part of the route we walked we covered the grassed plains below to reach the forest in the “V” of trees and moved from left to right and back down through the grasslands. All in all about 6 km of tough hiking. A great Day Tour from Durban to the Drakensberg mountains. We stopped for lunch at Hlalanathi – Elements restaurant where a warm meal was welcome and we then has a final look at the mountain before heading back to Durban City. We returned very tired but happy with how the Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban had gone.  

Drakensberg/Lesotho – Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014

Drakensberg/Lesotho – Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 We departed from Hillcrest West of Durban with my clients and headed to UnderBerg where we would meet the 4×4 vehicle which would take us over into Lesotho via the Sani Pass. Sani Pass is a massive 2874 meters above sea level and has the Highest Pub in Africa at the top. Lesotho is on average over the country the Highest country in the world! This is mostly due to it being one of only a few countries which is land locked by one country(South Africa). This eastern side of Lesotho is the most baron part of Lesotho and only a handful of Hardy people live here. The Sani Pass has been used for years as a trading point for the Basotho(people of Lesotho) to Shear their sheep and goats and sell it to the South Africans. Sani Pass Sign in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 Sani Pass Sign in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 As we began our Journey over the pass you immediately have brilliant views of the Drakensberg Mountain which is South Africas first world heritage Site and also the second in KwaZulu-Natal! The view before accending the Pass on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 The view before accending the Pass on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 As we kept on heading up the dirt gravel road it got bumpier than ever but the views got more spectacular on the Durban Day Tour into Lesotho. The Drakensberg is one of the oldest volcanic rock formations in the World and is more than worth visiting! As we continued we spotted some Eland from a view spot. The Eland in the Totem animal for the SAN people who were the original South Africans more commonly known as the Bushmen. The hunted the Eland only for food and used every part of the body including the Fat which they mixed with blood, Ocre, Ostrich egg etc to make paint. The Drakensberg Mountains are littered with the Bushman paintings the only thing left of a race that was killed and the few remaining absorbed into the Zulu Nation. Eland the Bushmans Totom Animal on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 Eland the Bushmans Totom Animal on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 After the Eland it was time to stamp our passports and exit South Africa for Lesotho. Border post as we left South Africa into no mans land between Lesotho and South Africa on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 Border post as we left South Africa into no mans land between Lesotho and South Africa on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 Once through the border post we had 8 more Kilometers of great views before we would stamp our Passports into Lesotho and visit the Highest Pub in Africa. Durban Day Tours to Lesotho are a brilliant way to see this majestic Drakensberg Mountain. Small Waterfall as we ascended into Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 Small Waterfall as we ascended into Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 We were almost at the Top a massive 2874 meters above sea level! We had already had great views and seen Eland, Mountain Rheebok and White Backed Vultures. View from the Highest Pub in Africa in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 View from the Highest Pub in Africa in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 What a place to stop in the Drakensberg for a drink and a rest. This really is a beautiful place to be and such a short way from Durban to take a Day Tour too. Me in the Highest Pub in Africa in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 Me in the Highest Pub in Africa in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 Even I had to have my photo taken in the Highest Pub in Africa and were a jersey as it was so cold. Below 10 Celsius. Basotho Boys play music for us outside the Highest Pub in Africa in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 We carried on deeper into Lesotho to visit a Basotho village and see how these people really live. We got to enter into a Basotho hut but before this we passed some interesting buildings on our Durban Day Tour to Lesotho. The Local Tavern and Public Phone in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 The Local Tavern and Public Phone in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 A bit further up the road we passed the local Catholic church now due to the missionaries the Basotho people converted to Christianity over a 100 years ago as there King decided it was the right thing to do. Yes, Lesotho is a Kingdom just like England but the King is only Symbolic and not active in the running of the Country. The local Catholic Church in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 The local Catholic Church in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 We finally got closer to the  Basotho Village but we spotted this Jackal Buzzard which looked straight past us and spotted a mouse and flew off and caught is. It was smothering it and we then decided to continue on. Jackal Buzzard takes off and catches a mouse in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 Jackal Buzzard takes off and catches a mouse in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 Finally on our Durban Day Tour we entered the Hut! The Sotho hut we entered in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 The Sotho hut we entered in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 The floor base is Rocks which like in Zulu Culture is covered with Termite sand and Cow Dung to polish. At the center was the fire and this heats the stones in the floor so inside it is very nice and warm. The thatching grass covers the roof and the toilet is always outside. Basotho Bread freshly made in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 Basotho Bread freshly made in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 After the Lady of the house Me Ileena had given us some bread and beer to taste and we had learned a bit more on the culture we had a chance to buy the bread and some crafts that she and her husband make. Inside the hut was also a few chickens and 2 cats all running around the place. We were done in the hut and heading to a place to have lunch before we began descending the beautiful Drakensberg Mountain from the Lesotho side. View as we descended the Pass from Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 View as we descended the Pass from Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 As we made our way down we bumped into this man who I see every time I come up Sani Pass into Lesotho. He never says a word or greets in anyway, it is hard just to get a nod from him but he is amazing. Every day he walks down the pass looking for dry wood and carries it up the mountain to sell for a few Maluti the local currency. What a guy! This always makes a Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass that much more special. The man that collects wood daily in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 The man that collects wood daily in Lesotho on our Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban 22 May 2014 If you wish to experience the same when you come to Durban join me Tim Brown Tours on a Durban Day Tour or Durban Day Safari Tour.