The Southern Drakensberg may not be as spectacular as the Northern Berg, but wow there are some incredible places to explore in the foothills. The “Low Berg” as it’s known is the lower part of the escarpment which is mainly made up of Sandstone as opposed to the Basalt which makes up the “High Berg”. There are literally hundreds of spectacular sandstone gorges in the Low Berg and most of them don’t have a hiking trail.
This weekend we stayed at Drakensberg Gardens with friends who booked a cottage through their timeshare. I’m not a big one for these large resorts, but the mountains on the doorstep more than made up for that. It was far to windy to consider fishing, so it was a weekend of scrambling up gulleys and running along high ridges which is as much fun as fishing for me.
I have explored most of the hidden valleys and climbed most of the peaks in the area. This is the part of the Berg that I know best, but there’s still so much to discover. I did one walk alone on Saturday morning early, then a picnic with family and friends, and then a 4 am hike with my (not-so-old) man on this morning. This mornings hike was undoubtedly the cherry on top. Enjoy the pics. They were taken with my Canon Powershot G16 and no editing was done. It definitely helps being in the mountains at first light.
Published by Rex Fey
I am a dairy and crop farmer in a remote corner Natal, South Africa. My main passions in life, are small stream fly fishing, fly tying, mountains, photography, farming and lately my family.
My blog is a celebration of life, its adventures and curve balls it throws at us. From fly fishing for trout in the remotest corner of Lesotho, to the adventures of parenthood. My blog is a diary of my life that I want to be able to share with my children, grandchildren and anyone else who cares to read it.
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