On 29th November 2000, the Drakensberg became a World Heritage Site. It met the World Hertige criteria for both cultural and natural world heritage properties.
Those who have visited this area will agree that it is unique. Its vegetation, glasslands and size combine to make it a very special place. Bushmen survived in the berg for thousands of years. They hunted game for food.
During the early 1800’s white settlers arrived, and soon depleted the game, using firearms. Sadly, this forced the bushmen away. Only a few paintings on the rocks remain to tell their story.
From the Tugela valley, the spectacular Amphitheatre is flanked by the towering Sentinel to the right and Eastern Butress on the left. From the plateau, the Tugela river begins its journey to the Indian Ocean.
The river flows into the Woodstock dam where some of it is pumped, via canals, to feed water to the Gauteng regoin.
The Drakensberg is blessed with hot summer days and cool nights. Winter months are cooler and dryer with occassional snow falls.