Drakensberg

 
amaHlubi’s battle against colonial legacy heads to high court
amaHlubi’s battle against colonial legacy heads to high court
Early on Saturday morning an incessant drizzle showers the land and a dark cover of cloud hangs in the sky. AmaHlubi elders and warriors are...
Afromontane pioneering sustainable mountain research
Afromontane pioneering sustainable mountain research
Mountains and highlands have always played an important role in the history of mankind. They produce economically essential goods and services...
So you’ve seized power and are struggling to keep it. What now?
So you’ve seized power and are struggling to keep it. What now?
The world’s biggest battery is a pumped storage scheme in Virginia. This uses excess electricity in the day to pump water to the top of a...
A Wagnerian majesty - the beauty of Ardmore Guest Farm
A Wagnerian majesty - the beauty of Ardmore Guest Farm
When I first started staying at Ardmore Guest Farm 16 or 17 years ago, ceramics from the studio that bear the same name were regularly used at meal...
No business like snow business
No business like snow business
South Africa's only ski resort has been snapped up for a bargain R5.5-million. And the man who now owns it has big plans to bring it back to...
How the good times have melted away at Tiffindell
How the good times have melted away at Tiffindell
After hours of winding through gradually worsening roads, the visitor to Rhodes is greeted by two signs: one denoting its heritage that says...
Idea mooted to name berg peak after Mandela
Idea mooted to name berg peak after Mandela
Splendid rainbows are a feature of KwaZulu's central Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg mountains.
The dragon's tail
The dragon's tail
If there's a single feature that dominates South Africa, it is the Drakensberg. It jumps out at you on any relief map, sprawls across most road...
The dog did not bark
The dog did not bark
The last time a group of us cycled from Badplaas we took the Chrissiesmeer road which runs south-west. This time I am on a more southerly route,...
Black mambas and Fanta Grape
Black mambas and Fanta Grape
I was in a bit of a state of disbelief when I reached Ohrigstad. The day had been so hot and one or two sections took so long that I was surprised...
Spinerun: Iron Crown to Dorper
Spinerun: Iron Crown to Dorper
The Iron Crown in Haenertsburg seems a good place to begin a perambulation by bike from one end of the Drakensberg to the other. If I get to the...
Minus eight in Memel
Minus eight in Memel
When I first started to work out what a mountain bike route along the Drakensberg might look like, I was pleased to see that the trail would likely...

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