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"Over it all stands the Drakensberg itself, timeless, aloof, inscrutable, but with a wild beauty of its own that tugs at the heartstrings." RO Pearse, Barrier of Spears
Salute the sunrise with the world at your feet.
The world is yours to wonder at in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, one of South Africa's prime ecotourist destinations and a World Heritage Site. In this awesome altmountain range you can savour the ultimate freedom of great open spaces in a world of gigantic peaks and buttresses, of towering sandstone cliffs and hidden valleys, virgin forests and crystal clear rivers.
The diverse scenic splendour includes the famous Amphitheatre at Royal Natal and the magnificent southern Drakensberg scenery at Cobham and Lotheni. This park is home to black eagle, bearded vulture and herds of eland, besides the priceless legacy of many other indigenous plants and animals.
The Maloti and Drakensberg Mountains in Lesotho and South Africa contain irreplaceable resources; unique but fragile ecosystems that host a high concentration of endemic plant species, places of cultural significance, and important wetland systems that a vital source of freshwater.
The MDP is a collaborative initiative between the Kingdom of lesotho and the Repoublic of South Africa. It aims to conserve and sustainably manage the globally significant ntural and cultural heritage of the Maloti and Drakensberg mountains which straddle the 300km border between the two countries. This area stretches across three provinces, namely the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Free State in South Frica and across the four districts of Butha Buthe, Mokhoylong, Qachas Nek and Quthing in Lesotho.This constitutes the Transfrontier Conservation Area.
Of unparalleled significance as a Transfrontier Conservation Area is the fact that this area is the most important water catchment area for two countries. The wetland systems in the area are at the highest altitudes and provide critical water purification and storage services for the people of Lesotho and South Africa.
Of equal significance is the cultural heritage in the area which is home to the greatest gallery of rock art in the world. There are over 600 rock art sites, containing between 35 - 40 000 individual images, painted by the San or Bushmen people who are said to have inhabited this area for more than 4000 years.
We invite you to be a part of the processes unfolding in this magnificent Transfrontier Park and World Heritage Site. Please navigate to the pages that interest you most from the navigation links on the right hand side of this page.