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British Airways Highlife Magazine – July 2014 – Mnweni of the Drakensberg

Last year during winter I spent four very cold days in the Mnweni area of the Drakensberg, guided by Caiphus Mthabela, a Zulu who knows these mountains better than anyone else I've met. In my opinion, Mnweni is the most beautiful and wildest part of South Africa's biggest mountain range, yet it is the only part that is not formally protected, falling outside the World Heritage Site because of historical and political reasons. Mnweni is very remote, with few hikers - so chances are you'll have
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Outdoor Photo Review – Canon 1DX and 500mm – African Wild Cat and Cape vultures

There's a great quote that goes something like this:

"These days, people know the price of everything, but the value of nothing."

From my point of view, I guess the quote highlights the commercial interests which seem to permeate everything in our lives. And I guess it's also relevant to the way modern humans - in general - see the natural world around us. Nature is seen as something to be exploited and sold for our own interests, forgetting that in fact we owe our very existence to the
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Leisure Wheels – October 2013 – Best of the Berg

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site is a true wilderness, despite its relative proximity to both Joburg and Durban. There are several popular tourist spots where you can easily admire this basalt-topped mountain range, but the upper reaches are deceptively difficult to reach, and to do so almost always involves plenty of steep hiking! The upshot is that you can escape the tourists, and be at one with the majesty of it all. My article in Leisure Wheels gives readers a list of the best
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Cape Times – August 2013 – Best of the Berg

The northern Drakensberg is the most photogenic part of South Africa's largest mountain range, and this article of mine in the Cape Times guides you to the best sights and activities... – July 2013 – uKhahlamba-Drakensberg

The first of my bimonthly columns for, South Africa's biggest news website. Check out the article and photos online here. I started off my Year in the Wild 2013-14 journey in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, and this column is about the best of the northern part of this World Heritage Site.

Day 7 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Didima Valley and rock paintings

Although the Cathedral Peak area of the Drakensberg is very, very beautiful, it is probably more famous for it’s spectacular rock art paintings. The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountains are a world heritage site, both for it’s natural diversity and beauty, and also because it is home to one of the largest collections of rock art in the world.

There are more than 30 000 individual paintings in these mountains, across more than 600 sandstone shelters and caves. And the Didima valley in the
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