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Mont-aux-Sources is regarded as the one of the highest portions of the Drakensberg Mountain range, and it lies on the north eastern edge of the Drakensberg, practically on the border with Lesotho. Mont-aux-Sources is regularly described as a mountain block. This rather irregular and block-like bulge received its interesting name from French missionaries to the region during the 1830s because it serves as the source for both the Tugela and the Orange Rivers.
The protuberance of rock, which sits on the rim of the Drakensberg, includes the Sentinel and the Mont-aux-Sources Mountain itself which, though described as rather uninteresting, but this is entirely derogatory - any hiker will expound on its beauty! The amphitheatre, of which Mont-aux-Sources is part, is a five kilometre wall of rock that is at once intimidating and awesome, and forms part of the Royal Natal National Park.
This part of the world, understandably, is all about hiking and the surrounding mountain peaks, and there are various guides and maps available that incorporate the most challenging hikes, such as those up the Crack (quite a feat that includes encounters with short chain ladders) and down the Mudslide, and the more gentle paths, such as the amble to Fairy Glen. It’s listed on Lonely Planet as one of the best kept hikers’ secrets in the Drakensberg and a 50 kilometre challenge takes place annually to the top of the Sentinel.
Climbing Mont-aux-Sources, a formidable task, includes a rather intoxicating encounter with chain ladders (one going up and one coming down) and a staggering view of the second highest waterfall in the world that falls about 3000 metres in five cascades, so not for the weak at heart. But the view from the top is breath-takingly spectacular!
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"We didn't brave the more challenging hikes of Mont-aux-Sources but we did do a few of the easier walks and trails, and WOW!! This is one stunning place! We ..." - Jill Buxton, Halifax, Virginia, USA
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The beautiful Drakensberg range or Dragon Mountains, also known in Zulu as uKhahlamba or barrier of spears, is a voluminous stretch of mountains that covers over 1 000 kilometres from south-west to north-east, lying mostly in KwaZulu-Natal. Collectively this is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site... more information
People are divided when it comes to delineating the Northern Drakensberg. There are those who speak of its borders as the Natal Drakensberg National Park in the north, down to Cathedral Peak in the south, whilst others extend its upper western reaches to include the Golden Gate... more information
The Royal Natal National Park was proclaimed in 1916, and contains some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa. The main feature of Royal Natal is the Amphitheatre, a rock wall about 5km in length, and approximately 1000m in height between the Sentinel (3 165m) and Eastern Buttress ... more information
Adjacent to the northern reaches of the of the Royal Natal National Park, Rugged Glen Nature Reserve is part of the Drakensberg uKhahlamba Park, a World Heritage Site that covers 243 000 hectares and stretches from Underberg in the south, to Bergville in the north - one of the most picturesque and beautiful parts of ... more information
The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts. Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep sided river valleys and rocky gorges also contribute to the beauty of this world heritage site ... more information
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