The Drakensberg Mountain range forms part of the southernmost reaches of the Great Rift Valley. A slowly shifting series of mountains that run north / south along East Africa. Covering over 4000km from where the Nile River begins it courses its way down to the southern reaches of Africa to where the Abashe river flows peacefully between rural Xhosa homesteads out into the Indian Ocean beyond.
A beautiful barrier of cliffs and peaks, grass covered hills, ancient rivers, rock formations and a multitude of animals that speaks of life’s abundance. Ever changing, the Drakensberg holds an imagination authors and poets, musicians and leaders have drawn inspiration from.
Perhaps the most well-known of stories in Africa begins with the lines:
‘There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it. The road climbs seven miles into them to Carisbrooke; and from there, if there is no mist, you look down on one of the fairest valleys of Africa.’