Drakensberg's flat-topped mountains

Drakensberg's flat-topped mountains

The Drakensbergs rise in South Africa’s east, a beautiful range of flat-topped mountains, some clad in the deep greens of African bush, others rising in stark grey columns, arid cliffs of basalt looming over the gorges and forests below. From gentle grasslands to gorge walks past rushing rivers, to challenging ascents of austere castle-like rock formations that sit atop hills, the Drakensbergs are home to an endlessly varying, inevitably spectacular series of walks and hikes. These are South Africa’s most scenic hill trails, and best of all, they often come accompanied by the sound of birdsong. Beautiful little warblers dot riverbanks and copses, and, as you rise through the range, look out for kites and eagles overhead, as well as one of the Drakensberg’s rarest and largest birds, the bearded vulture.

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