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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mountain Voyeurism and the Fauna of Africa

Those in search of investment properties during these parlous times might do worse than a small hotel in the Drakensberg. That supremely photogenic mountain range, often referred to as the roof of southern Africa, seems poised for adventure-travel stardom: featured over the last few years in shows like “Perilous Journeys” and “Globe Trekker,” it stars this weekend in the more elegant milieu of PBS’s “Nature.”

The episode, titled “Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears,” is an unashamedly lush gift for armchair travelers. The dramatic basalt spires (source of the Afrikaans name Drakensberg, or dragon’s mountain, and the Zulu name uKhahlamba, or barrier of spears) are photographed from every angle while the African fauna frolic and the time-lapse clouds rush in. This conventional but still potent imagery is set to the a cappella drone of the vocal group Insingizi, which couldn’t sound more like Ladysmith Black Mambazo if it. ... Oh, it probably did. read more..

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