Friday, December 31, 2004

Cape Times - Drakensberg hiker rescued after being hit by 200kg boulder

Cape Times - Drakensberg hiker rescued after being hit by 200kg boulder: "Drakensberg hiker rescued after being hit by 200kg boulder
December 31, 2004

Ladysmith: A huge boulder smashed a man's legs while he was hiking in the Cathedral Peak area of the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, the Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife said yesterday.

Mark Acutt, 41, was rescued by helicopter early yesterday morning.

He and a group of hikers from Mpumalanga were heading for Tsetseke Pass on Wednesday when they found that they had wandered into the wrong gully.

Then a boulder weighing about 200kg dislodged and slammed into Acutt's legs, severely injuring them.

Acutt was able to call the Emergency Medical Rescue Services here, which contacted staff of Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife.
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They asked Steve Cooke of the Mountain Club of SA Rescue Group in Durban for help.

The rescue group, in a helicopter, located Acutt and his party in a deep gully near Cleft Peak.

Acutt was flown down to the Dragon Peaks base where an ambulance took him to the Laverna Hospital in Ladysmith.

Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife said hikers should take note of their routes and surroundings as well as enter their details accurately in the many Mountain Rescue registers to be found at most entry points to the Drakensberg."

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Accommodation Drakensberg. The Antbear Guesthouse

The Antbear Guesthouse

Stay in this delightful cottage in the foothills of the Drakensberg. This cottage is a charming and romantic retreat for any visitor with it’s thatch and wooden interiors. The name of this cottage comes from a previous „resident" who lived beneath the floor boards before restoration. This cottage is eccentrically refurbished with wood gathered in the surrounding valleys. Here you will find that comfort & hospitality make this a unique stay. A revisit will be a must as the Antbear Guesthouse has a perfect recipe for relaxation.

Meals are part of the surprises at the Antbear has on offer and home cooking is an essential part of the menu. You have an opportunity to participate in farm activities or just enjoy a sun downer overlooking the dam, view snowcapped mountains in the winter time while having dinner & wine beside a warm crackling fire in the lounge. This cottage is situated on a hill with breathtaking views of the mountains and surrounds. Surf through our site to see pictures of what we offer. Also check out your chances of winning accommodation in the Drakensberg by entering into our competition draw. Accommodation Drakensberg. The Antbear Guesthouse

Monday, December 27, 2004

Drakensberg Travel Information. Photos, Stories and Diaries about Drakensberg , South Africa

Thursday, December 23, 2004

A Drakensberg lover knows more.

There are many Websites out there promoting the Drakensberg Mountains. As is the trend in the travel business many of these sites are heavily financed and lavishly illustrated in an upmarket fashion with extensive graphics and layered design. Many of them appear to draw from others' content and style.

The problem is.. most of these sites lack the personal touch from a Drakensberg perspective. If you or I are looking for basic information under all these layers of advertising and fancy design, we're going to find it somewhat time consuming.

The solution is to provide the facts on the Drakensberg you want, and put them across in a way which you'll find useful and attractive to read, while not being distracted by colorful design or flashing images.

I believe that I'm accomplishing this simple approach with my Drakensberg Tourism web site which to a large extent contains straight forward information based on my own local knowledge and experiences.

There's a lot more to the Drakensberg and South Africa you see than meets the eye, and I'm sure that as a visitor to this spectacular region, you would like to know as much as possible before you leave home. The basic facts from a rDrakensberg Lover are what you need. - Your guide to the Drakensberg Mountains including accommodation and hiking trails

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Storm Shelter: a significant new San rock art discovery in the Drakensberg

Storm Shelter: a significant new San rock art discovery: "A treasure trove of San rock art, the richest found since the early 20th century, has been discovered in the foothills of South Africa's Drakensberg mountains.

The site, called Storm Shelter, contains an incredible range range of 231 images, some of them previously unknown variations on central themes in San rock art, including human-like and animal-like figures, fantasy animals with scythe-like claws, ferocious teeth and emaciated bodies."

Drakensberg Mountains - KwaZulu Natal South Africa

Drakensberg Mountains - KwaZulu Natal South Africa

This is a fairly good summery of the Drakensberg Tourist Region. Lots of info for locations in the Drakensberg, accommodation recomendations and attractions in the Drakensberg

Ken Gillam Watercolour - Drakensberg Mountains - South Africa

Ken Gillam Watercolour - Drakensberg Mountains - South Africa: "Drakensberg Mountains - South Africa"

Complete Guide to South Africa - KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg

Complete Guide to South Africa - KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg: "Travel Tips
The Drakensberg region is perfectly suited for an active holiday. Here it is in season also absolutely necessary to make bookings well in advance, especially concerning accommodation in the Royal Natal National Park. The park disposes of bungalows and chalets - usually booked months in advance - and two big campgrounds in scenic positions. Bookings and reservations for the bungalows and camping sites through:

KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Services
PO Box 1750, Pietermaritzburg 3200, South Africa
Tel (0331) 845-1000, Fax: (0331) 845-1001

Gourmet getaway in the Drakensberg mountains

Gourmet getaway in the Drakensberg mountains: "A Gourmet getaway is not merely about eating and eating is not merely a material pleasure said Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. The Antbear Guesthouse will help to give your moral and travel plans a delicious boost with its delightful thatched and wooden interiors and gourmet chef it is just perfect place for that gourmet getaway"

Drakensberg Mountains - KwaZulu Natal South Africa

Drakensberg Mountains - KwaZulu Natal South Africa

The Drakensberg mountain range is situated along southeast coast of South Africa in KwaZulu Natal. These spectacular Drakensberg Mountains are a challenge for adventure seekers and a heaven for wildlife lovers. Extending from northeast to southwest for around 1,125 km, the Drakensberg is part of the Great Escarpment and the main watershed of South Africa.

The local Zulu name for Drakensberg is Quathlamba or �The Barrier of Spears�, an accurate description for Drakensberg that rises over 3000 metres in height. It is an important region for adventure activities like mountaineering, camping, bird watching, river crossing, trout fishing, and many more such activities.

Multitude of activities is waiting to be pursued in this region. Rock paintings of the Bushmen can be seen in many parts of the Drakensberg. Most of the resorts in the region have the facility for horse riding in the hillside that includes short, half day, and overnight trips. Most of the hotels, camping organizers, and resorts provide guided hiking options and must be pursued. Mountain biking in this region is a fun and a challenge both due to steep heights and rugged terrain and trails of varying levels are available. Other activities include bird watching, river swimming, and trout fishing.

For the nature lovers, the region is home to the quarter of indigenous wildlife in South Africa. Some of the other species, which you may encounter frequently, are eland (largest of antelopes), Grey Rhebuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Serval cat, and Jackal.

Regions of the Drakensberg
For the purpose of understanding Drakensberg and its attractions clearly, we can divide the range in three parts. The first of them is Northern Drakensberg that comprises Royal Natal National Park, Amphitheatre, Rugged Glen Nature Reserve, Mont-aux-Sources, Singati Valley, Ifidi, Mnweni & Ntonjelana valleys, the Mnweni cutback, Mponjwane, and the Saddle.

The Central Drakensberg or Berg comprises of Mlambonja Wilderness Area, Cathedral Peak, Ndumeni, Organ Pipes, Ndedema Gorge, Mdedelelo Wilderness Area, Cathkin Peak, Monk�s Cowl, Champagne Castle, Injasuti, and Giant�s Castle Game Reserve.

Southern Drakensberg has Mkhomazi Wilderness Area, Loteni, Highmoor, Kamberg, Vergelegen, Sani Pass, Mzimkhulu Wilderness Area, Mzimkhulwana Nature Reserve, Garden Castle, Rhino, Bushman�s Nek, Giant�s Cup Hiking Trail, Sehlabathebe National Park, Thomathu, Devil�s Knuckles, and Ramatseliso's Nek.

Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa

Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa:

The Drakensberg Mountains extend from just north of Hoedspruit in the Northern Province 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, where a series of spectacular peaks some 240 kilometers (149 miles) long creates the western border of KwaZulu-Natal. It is this border that most refer to when they speak of the Drakensberg. Known as uKhahlamba (or 'barrier of spears,') to the Zulus, they were renamed 'Dragon Mountains' by the Trekkers seeking to cross them. Both are apt descriptions of South Africa's premier mountain wilderness. The Drakensberg Mountains are the second largest range in Africa and, thanks to the haven it provided for the ancient San people, the largest open-air gallery in the world, with more than 35,000 images painted at 600 sites.

The main range falls within the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a 243,000-hectare (600,210-acre) semicircle that forms the western boundary of the province. Of this, the northern and central sections are most spectacular, with majestic peaks surrounding grassed valleys fed by crystal-clear streams and pools. The Drakensberg Mountains are a hiker's paradise. But you don't have to be a keen and fit walker to appreciate the San rock paintings, or spot rare raptors, or simply enjoy the chance to breathe the air in the aptly named Champagne Valley or Cathedral Peak. To enjoy the benefits of this recently declared World Heritage Site, all you need is a couple of days, a car, and the information on where to go."

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Guest House accommodation in the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg of South Africa

Guest House accommodation in the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg of South Africa The Antbear Guest House is situated in the foothills of the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg in South Africa. This guesthouse is an ideal place to base yourself while you discover the Drakensberg region of KwaZulu Natal South Africa. We invite you to spend time here and share some of our dream. We like to think that the Antbear is a place for feeding your soul and rekindling your spirit. Built in the 1940�s the quaint and charming cottage puts its arms around you and reminds you that there are things more important than everyday life.

Drakensberg Accommodation - Your guide to hotels, b&bs and self catering places

Drakensberg Accommodation - Your guide to hotels, b&bs and self catering places: "Drakensberg Accommodation - Your guide to hotels, b&bs and self catering places

Drakensberg accommodation ranges from luxury 5 star Drakensberg hotels and game lodges or, to suit the more budget conscious traveler, small hotels, bed & breakfasts (b&bs), lodges and inns, private game parks, luxury tented safari camps, guest houses, establishments to luxury or budget self catering facilities and caravan parks and camping sites."

Drakensberg offers its resourse yet again

IOL: A Step Beyond: "Jennifer Thompson who aims to isolate a drought-resistant gene from the resurrection plant found in the Drakensberg to produce a maize plant that requires little rain to prosper." | explore sa No snow? No problem! | summer special | kwazulu natal Summer events in KZN

KwaZulu Natal rainfall not enough in the Drakensberg Mountains

IOL: Environment: "Despite recent good rains in many parts of the province especially the Midlands, officials monitoring the drought say the rainfalls will have to be above average and consistent over the next four months to have any tangible impact.

The past week has seen rains accompanied by powerful storms lashing parts of Pietermaritzburg, the Drakensberg and Estcourt.

The rains come in the wake of last week's warning of water restrictions from the municipalities of eThekwini, Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.

The rains which have been seen in the province, are not enough, says Umgeni Water's Planning Services Manager Steve Gillingham."

IOL: Drakensberg and Dinosours

IOL: Drakensberg and Dinosaurs: "The ancient footprints of a three-toed dinosaur and dozens of previously unknown Bushman paintings have been discovered.

The findings were made by scientists filming the rock art galleries of the Drakensberg/ uKhahlamba mountains in the Cathedral Peak area of KwaZulu Natal."

Monday, December 13, 2004

Accommodation Drakensberg. The Antbear Guesthouse

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Drakensberg Accommodation

Drakensberg Accommodation: "Accommodation for Drakensberg Adventure's Bushmans Challenge " The Bushmans Challege is back. A staged multi-discipline sport, in which teams are required to use different outdoor skills (mountain biking, trail running, trekking, orienteering, kayaking, kloofing and the like) to achieve the objective.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Cape Times - Dinosaur footprints, Bushman paintings found

Cape Times - Dinosaur footprints, Bushman paintings found: "Scientists filming the rock art galleries of the Drakensberg/uKhahlamba mountains have discovered the ancient footprints of a three-toed dinosaur and dozens of previously unknown Bushman paintings."

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Welcome to the Drakensberg Mountains

Its been a while since I have done anything new about promoting the Drakensberg region and so I will try to get my lazy fingers to get some of the current Drakensberg activities, news and excitement back to life. Check out the current website for info on accommodation, activities and hiking trails in the Drakensberg Mountains