While embracing all that the scenic uKhahlamba mountain range has to offer to anticipate a spectacular show of wildlife and nature this summer, though the winter this year may have hit the region hard, the rain the season brought with it has revitalised the area promising stunning scenes of wild plants with brightly-coloured flowers.
A Brighter Forecast
Stretching for over 1000km, at a height of over 3400 m the Drakensberg mountain range reveals diverse wildlife, cascading waterfalls and unique multi-coloured plant life to make for an unforgettable experience,
The area is currently experiencing a two-year drought with rivers and dams (although still adequately providing the area with water) recording record lows. Moderate to heavy rainfall was received at the beginning of this year’s winter. As a result ,the amount of rainfall recorded at some of the dams is the highest reported in the past six months – recharging pans and water systems for the demanding summer.
Wild Flowers Abound
The Drakensberg enjoys a huge number of species of grassland wildflowers including popular blooms such as agapanthus and arum lilies. These wild blooms are best viewed in early and late summer in the central Drakensberg area.
Find white berg lilies,varying colours of arum lilies, watsonias, delicate orchids, pelargoniums, and gladioli, that together look like a cluster of butterflies in the Drakensberg mountains. The forested areas shelter geraniums and orange crocosmia.
The area is a feast for the senses over the spring and summer showcasing breathtaking nerines and oxbane candelabra flowers. This region is prone to winter fires and these flowers certainly take advantage of the new beginning that comes after the charring of the earth.
For the nature lover looking to discover unique flora within this diverse natural wonder, there is plenty to discover. Meandering paths, challenging biking trails, running and hiking trails and flowing rivers across the region will lead you to picturesque sights.
Choose Oaklands Country Manor accommodation for your Summer trip to this celebrated location.