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Unique Fauna and Flora: A key reason for the Drakensberg's World Heritage Site Status

A significant portion of the Drakensberg is a World Heritage Site. The site encompasses an area of 250,000 hectares. This area received World Heritage Site status on two counts. Firstly, due to its unique vegetation and wildlife. There are some 1,800 plant species in the Drakensberg. Of these over 350 are endemic. Furthermore, ten vertebrate species are unique to this mountain range.



There are a range birds that are seen in the Drakensberg. Firstly the Rock Kestral, the Cape Eagle, the Black Eagle, Bearded Vulture, and the Jackal Buzzard. Additionally, observe several buck species in this particular area. Firstly the Common Duiker, the Klipspringer, the Eland, the Bushbuck, the Rhebuck, the Mountain Rhebuck and the tiny Oribi. Other wildlife commonly seen include the Rock Hyrax or Dassie.

Fortunately, there are only three dangerous species of the snake found in this area. These are the Rinkhals, the Berg Adder and the Puff Adder. Their bites are rarely fatal. But medical attention should be sought if bitten by one of these reptiles.

The extensive flora of the Drakensberg.

Some common plants that tourists will come across in this area include proteas, the Tree Fern, cycads and Yellowwood Trees. Furthermore, Bracken fern, Red Grass Ericas and Red Hot Pokers.





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DIRECTIONS FROM JOHANNESBURG (REMAINING ON N3)

Remain on N3 through the Thukela Plaza ( Ladysmith )


After Tuhkela Plaza, take off ramp number 230 ( Bergville / Ladysmith )
At the top of the off-ramp turn l
eft.


Travel 5kms and turn right turn towards Winterton / Spioenkop Dam
Travel through the Thukela Valley


At T Junction, turn left to Winterton ( approx. 1 km ). At the first set of robots in Winterton, turn right.Travel for 13 kms, at the four-way intersection ( Thokozisa / information centre on the left hand side)


Continue straight for 17 kms, past Champagne Sports and cross the river,


Your next left turn will be signposted Champagne Lane. Continue straight over the low-level bridge  for approximately. 1.3 km to the T Junction.Turn right at T junction onto a dirt road, This is our driveway

DIRECTIONS FROM DURBAN

Remain on N3 through Mooi River Plaza.Take 2nd Estcourt North off-ramp number 179.At the top of off-ramp turn left to Loskop. Be aware of cattle, pedestrians and speed humps along this road.


Turn left After approximately. 32 km when you come to a 4-way intersection with Thokozisa / information centre on your left. Continue straight for 17 kms, Pass Champagne Sports and cross the river,
Your next left turn will be signposted Champagne Lane.Continue straight over low-level bridge for approximaqtely 1.3 km to T Junction.Turn right at T junction onto a dirt road, and this is our driveway