A Travel Photography Trip to the Drakensberg Mountains

My girlfriend and I were born about 20 minutes apart.

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We came into this world on the same day, same year. It is rather peculiar. So every year we go somewhere for our birthday and this year we went to the Northern Drakensberg Mountains where we stayed at the most amazing little cottage tucked away high in the Mont-Aux-Sources district…Top Lodge.

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Top Lodge has only three cottages making it a perfect getaway if peace and tranquillity is what you are after.

There’s no TV, no radio, no tennis court no restaurant…just a stone cottage with a warm cozy bed, a view like something out of Lord of the Rings and a fireplace…perfect. All we need are hiking trails, animals, wood and enough red wine to lead to the fall of the Roman Empire.


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Bath with a view.

I love these mountains. The Drakensberg has to be one of my favourite spots in the country. Even with its winter coat of dry grass and black fire breaks I find so much beauty in this land. Everyday we went hiking, where we came upon baboons, eland, reedbuck and even old artworks.

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This forest is still scarred from a raging velt fire that swept through the area a few years ago.
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Eland – while we were hiking we turned a corner and frightened these guys. I had to quickly change lens to get them.
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These carvings were done by William Chalmers in the early 1950′s. This is the biggest.
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A huge face has been carved into this boulder.
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Other smaller carvings can be found in the area.

The best part about Winter for a photographer are the stars! The cool air makes for clear skies and the results are magical.

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You can’t beat the South African night sky.
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Nothing but clear skies. A photographers dream for shooting the night sky.

On some hikes we would just get lost in the forests and fields.

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On a long hike we stopped for a little lunch with a view.
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Sometimes it’s good to get lost.
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The Berg is dry in winter but I still find so much beauty here.
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Nature lending a hand.
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Catch me if you can!

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homeward bound

To see even more photos, please check out:
www.lucaphotography.co.za/adventure-drakensberg-mountains-2014-07-16