WATCH A Drone in South Africa’s Dramatic ‘Dragon Mountains’ Drakensberg

South African drone operator Ruan Kotze has captured this dramatic footage of the Drakensberg escarpment, which stretches for over 1,000 kilometres (around 620 miles) from the Eastern Cape Province in the south to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)… and along the way forms the border between Lesotho and the Eastern Cape, and between Lesotho and KZN.

“The Afrikaans name Drakensberge comes from the name the earliest Dutch settlers to the region gave it,” says producers The Reel Thing on their Vimeo page.

“They called them the Drakensbergen, or “Mountains of Dragons”. Several possible reasons for this name include the pointy tops giving an appearance similar to that of the back of the mythical European dragon, old local myths of dragons roaming the mountains, and possible findings of dinosaur fossils (which would have been confused with the remains of dragons).”

WATCH A Drone in the Drakensberg