South Africa

The mountains that fringe Southern Africa’s Great Escarpment are among the most majestic on the continent. Soaring from 2000m to 3482m above sea level (the highest point in Southern Africa), they stretch more than 1000km from the Eastern Cape into the province of KwaZulu-Natal, where they form the border between South Africa and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. This park, along with neighbouring Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho, forms the Maloti-Drakensberg Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Unesco describes the area as having, “exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts as well as visually spectacular sculptured arches, caves, cliffs, pillars and rock pools”.