Heritage - Unesco 985
Unesco 985 – Maloti-Drakensberg Park
KwaZulu-Natal’s Drakensberg National Park is South Africa’s most dramatic landscape. It is dominated by the jagged peaks of the mighty Drakensberg mountain range. One of South Africa’s 8 World Heritage Sites, the Drakensberg National Park covers 250,000 hectares, starting in the north of the province at Cathedral Peak and curving southwards, clinging to the Lesotho border, all the way to Bushman’s Nek.
The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a trans-boundary site composed of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park in South Africa and the Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho. The site has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts as well as visually spectacular sculptured arches, caves, cliffs, pillars and rock pools. The site’s diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally important plants.
The site also harbors endangered species such as the Cape vulture (Gyps coprotheres) and the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus). Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park also harbors the Maloti minnow (Pseudobarbus quathlambae), a critically endangered fish species only found in this park.
This spectacular natural site contains many caves and rock-shelters with the largest and most concentrated group of San paintings in Africa south of the Sahara. They represent the spiritual life of the San people, who lived in this area over a period of 4,000 years.
Also known as uKhahlamba (Zulu for “Barrier of Spears”) and as Drakensberg, (Dutch for “Dragon Mountain”) aptly named by the Dutch settlers, the area was awarded world heritage status in 1998. Hence the number 98/5.
Our grapes grow today where the San left their footprints millennia ago. In respect we name our best wines Unesco 985.