Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, South Africa

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2630

This park is located in southwestern KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, adjacent to the border area of Lesotho. It has a core protection area of 2,428 km2. The basaltic peaks, steep cliffs, golden sandstone gravels and the natural beauty of the Drakensberg Park are the main attractions. The winding meadows around high mountains, the rugged valleys and the rocky fjords add further highlights to the park. The diverse nature of this heritage site provides safe habitats for local endemic and endangered species of global significance, especially birds and plants. Over the past 4,000 years, indigenous people created many caves and rock-shelters with the largest and most concentrated group of paintings in Africa south of the Sahara south. The rock paintings depict the animal world and human life. Their excellent quality and the diversity of themes are remarkable and reflect the spiritual life of the extinct indigenous San people.

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