Drakensberg

Shop JoeTourist! - t-shirts, mugs, sweatshirts, and more - personalized just for you - Shop JoeTourist!

Up ] Johannesburg - Hazyview ] Hazyview ] Kruger National Park ] Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve ] Swaziland ] St. Lucia ] Durban ] [ Drakensberg ] Wild Coast ] Garden Coast ] Cape Town ] Cape Peninsula ]

 

Home
Solar Eclipse Cruise 2012
Incan Empires Cruise
New Zealand
Volendam 2010 Cruise
Southern Africa
South Africa
Zambia
Botswana
Costa Rica
Greece
Italy
Libya
Fiji
Grand Canyon
Las Vegas
Hawaii
Belize
Caribbean
French Polynesia
Travel Tips
Travel Info
Online Arrangements
Guest Book
Search
Privacy Statement

Drakensberg is a strikingly beautiful area of South Africa.  The mountains are the main feature, however there are also some vast farms in this area.  Most seem to be raising livestock - cattle or sheep.

Drakensberg peaks near the Drakensberg Gardens Resort Drakensberg mountain spires at sunset from the Drakensberg Gardens Resort Drakensberg peaks near the Drakensberg Gardens Resort
Drakensberg peaks visible from the Drakensberg Gardens Resort
Farmland with Drakensberg mountains behind
Farmland with Drakensberg mountains behind
Farmland with Drakensberg mountains behind
Farmland with Drakensberg mountains behind
Farmland with Drakensberg mountains behind
Farmland with Drakensberg mountains behind
A gecko outside my room at the Drakensberg Gardens Resort
A gecko outside my room at
the Drakensberg Gardens Resort

November 1, 2008 - Saturday - Durban to Drakensberg

Underberg sidewalk vendorsWe are up at 5am this morning so we can leave Durban and arrive in Underberg early enough so people can embark on a 4x4 expedition to Lesthoto. I opt to skip this excursion, stay with the bus, and go for an early check-in at the Drakensberg Gardens Resort.  We are warmly greeted at this nicely appointed and vast resort.  They have their own 18 hole golf course, multiple dining rooms and bars, hiking trails, a pool, spa, and lots more to do. I have a nice lunch on the patio and then go back to my room and sleep for a couple of hours this afternoon. Feeling better, I go for a hike along the river for an hour before dinner.

This evening's dinner is included in the tour and is served buffet style. I'm seated with the Dutch contingent this evening.  Some of them speak good English, and they are always a lot of fun. We get along very well, as they buy me wine and I buy them beer. The staff of the resort performs a floor show of Zulu singing and dancing. They are quite good, and I take some video.

November 2, 2008 - Sunday - Drakensberg - Coffee Bay

We drive through the Transkei Province on our way to Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast.  Transkei is a former homeland area for blacks when apartheid was still in force in South Africa. Many black people continue to live in this region despite there being a chronic lack of water.  We travel through Mtatha aka Umtata, which is the provincial capital and home of South Africa's most famous citizen, Nelson Mandela.  Mr. Mandela no longer lives here, however some of his family do continue to live in the region. He comes back to his hometown to celebrate his birthdays. He celebrated his 90th awhile ago, so he is getting to be quite old. Update: Nelson Mandela died December 5, 2013 after suffering a long illness, and was buried in his hometown of Qunu

Settlements in Transkei Province
Settlements in Transkei Province
Settlements up against the mountains in Transkei Province
Settlements up against the mountains
in Transkei Province
Settlements in Transkei Province
Settlements in Transkei Province
Sunday soccer game near Qunu, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela
Sunday soccer game near Qunu,
the birthplace of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela's house & compound beside the highway in Qunu
Nelson Mandela's house & compound
beside the highway in Qunu
Nelson Mandela road sign in Umtata
Nelson Mandela road sign in Umtata
  A woman and her cow alongside the highway
A woman and her cow
alongside the highway
 

horizontal rule

Next >>> Wild Coast

Durban  <<< Previous

 

 

 
JoeTourist InfoSystems

Guest Book

JoeTourist Blog

Search JoeTourist

Last updated: January 06, 2014

Creative Commons License 2014 JoeTourist InfoSystems
Want to use photos or text from this website? Please read the Copyright and Terms of Use statement first!

Privacy Statement
JoeTourist is a registered trademark of Joseph Carr

Shop JoeTourist