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Impressions of the
The Panorama Route & Drakensberg
close to Graskop
and area around
one of the many cascades (waterfall's) in the area
Country Impressions: Nature - Landscapes & Wildlife
Where BLYDE and TREUR river comes together
The Drakensberg (derived from the Afrikaans name Drakensberge meaning "Dragon Mountains") is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. The Great Escarpment reaches its greatest altitude in this region (2000 – 3000 m).
A map of South Africa showing the central plateau edged by the Great Escarpment and its relationship to the Highveld and Lesotho Highlands. The portion of the Great Escarpment shown in red is known as the Drakensberg.
The Drakensberg escarpment stretches for over 1000 km from the Eastern Cape Province in the South, then successively forms, in order from south to north, the border between Lesotho and the Eastern Cape and the border between Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal Province.
Thereafter it forms the border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, and next as the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga Province. It winds north, through Mpumalanga, as far as Tzaneen in Limpopo Province, from where it veers west. At Potgietersrust it is known as the Strydpoort Mountains