Drakensberg tour - Tim Brown Tours

Drakensberg tour 17-19th December 2015

 

 

We began our Drakensberg tour in Pietermaritzberg and headed straight for South Africa’s second proclaimed World heritage site.

We arrived  before around midday and settled in for some lunch and then a visit to the San Rock art center on site of the Didima resort where we would spend the next couple of nights.

The Museum as usual was great and was very interesting with lots of great items on display. The Drakensberg history goes back a long time as does that of the San bushmen. 

 

 

 

 

 

Drakensberg tour; Cagn the San Bushmens God

Drakensberg tour; Cagn the San Bushmens God
Drakensberg tour; Cagn the San Bushmens God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The San bushmen called their God, Cagn and as the Eland antelope was their main source of food and supernatural potency they believed where Cagn was the Eland were in droves like cattle.

Some of the artifacts in the museum have been discovered more recently and the below image of the San bushman Holster, Arrows, poison pouch etc were discovered in 1926.

 

 

 

 

 

Drakensberg tour; Bushman weapons

Drakensberg tour; Bushman weapons
Drakensberg tour; Bushman weapons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cathedral peak area of the Drakensberg mountain is very beautiful and has some lovely hikes so after we were done in the San rock art museum we went on a 3 hour hike to enjoy the majestic Drakensberg and the nature it holds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drakensberg tour; Cathedral peak

Drakensberg tour; Cathedral peak
Drakensberg tour; Cathedral peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hike in the Drakensberg to Doreen falls is very pleasant and we spotted some lovely Proteas along the way with the great views of Cathedral peak.

 

 

 

 

 

Drakensberg tour; Hiking in Cathedral peak

Drakensberg tour; Hiking in Cathedral peak
Drakensberg tour; Hiking in Cathedral peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It wasn’t long and we arrived at Doreen falls which had very little water after the issues of drought we have been facing in KwaZulu-Natal.

It was still an amazing site and part of the majestic Drakenseberg mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

Drakensberg tour; Doreen falls

Drakensberg tour; Doreen falls
Drakensberg tour; Doreen falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made our way back through the Drakensberg mountain to Didima and settled in for the night with some great food. After this it was time for some rest and it was really needed!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2: Drakensberg mountain tour

 

 

 

 

Our second day began with breakfast and then we drove to the Northern Drakensberg to Royal Natal national park for a couple of hikes in that section of the mountain.

We began with the San rock art bushman painting hike which take an hour or so and we got to see some amazing rock art.

 

 

 

 

 

Drakensberg tour; San rock art

Drakensberg tour; San rock art
Drakensberg tour; San rock art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Royal natal national park and this area of the Northern Drakensberg in my personal favourite part of the Drakensberg mountains with amazing views.

 

 

 

 

Drakensberg tour; Amphitheater

Drakensberg tour; Amphetheatre
Drakensberg tour; Amphitheater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The San rock art is something you need to see to really understand how amazing it is, the walk is now only guided due to idiots who have defaced the rock art over the years.

In the below picture you will see an San Bushman hunting a Leopard which was hunting the Bush buck. The Leopard was always an enemy of the San as they killed and ate the same food.

 

 

 

 

 

Drakensberg tour; San rock art, Bushman hunts a Leopard which is hunting a bush buck

Drakensberg tour; San rock art, Bushman hunts a Leopard which is hunting a bush buck
Drakensberg tour; San rock art, Bushman hunts a Leopard which is hunting a bush buck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hiked on to the Cascades which also had very little water but were still lovely and then hiked back down the mountain to head off for some lunch.

 

Lunch was great and then we made our way to a little town called Winterton which had an antique shop which one on my clients had shown interest in.

 

It was then time to return to the Central Drakensberg and Didima for some rest and then dinner.

 

After a great dinner we headed to bed.

 

 

 

 

Day 3: Drakensberg mountain tour

 

 

On this third day we simply headed for breakfast and then made our way back to Durban where I dropped my clients off at the Essenwood market and their guest house.

 

It had been another great tour and the Drakensberg really showed off her better side!

 

 

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