a DRONE in the Drakensberg

The Drakensberg escarpment stretches for over 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from the Eastern Cape Province in the South, then successively forms, in order from south to north, the border between Lesotho and the Eastern Cape and the border between Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal Province.

The Afrikaans name Drakensberge comes from the name the earliest Dutch settlers to the region gave it. 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).

Produced by: The Reel Thing — Drone Operator: Ruan Kotze — Special thanks to: Wefix


4 Responses to a DRONE in the Drakensberg

  1. Ghaznavid Mar 9, 2018 at 7:48 am #

    I love that: “[dinosaur fossils] have been confused with the remains of dragons” – are we sure that they aren’t the same thing? Perhaps the myths were based on the fossils – in which case they are actually the same thing. Much like how the original European description of a rhino later became the unicorn, and was subsequently Disney-fied into the strange creature of animated programs that we see today.

  2. Kieran Richards Mar 9, 2018 at 7:49 am #

    Awesome edit dude!!

  3. Hector Mar 9, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    That is super inspiring! The ‘berg is huuuuuuge

  4. Blanche Apr 7, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    Really awesome Ruan! Sooo beautiful!

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