Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears
Video: Full Episode

The Drakensberg Mountains are Southern Africa’s Alps, rising more than 11,000 feet into the sky. But beneath their shimmering beauty lies an incredibly hostile environment for the creatures that manage to live there. Each spring, drenching rains destroy the grasslands at the base of the mountains, and those who would survive must climb up sheer cliffs of volcanic rock, through gauntlets of storms and snow, to reach the carpets of new grass on the plateau. The baboons that make their home halfway up the heights may have the advantage of agility, but eland, the world’s largest antelope, have long, spindly legs and heavy bodies, which make their climb to the top all but unbelievable. All have babies at their sides. And the vultures circle overhead. Buy the DVD. This film premiered February 8, 2009.

  • Willie Jimbo

    What a great show.

  • Alex Millar

    This show brought me back to the very special place the Drakesberg is,to my time as Officer-in-Charge, Monk’s Cowl Section of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park between 1998 and 2002, very well presented and narrated. No doubt a jewel of Africa.

  • Anthony Slaton

    this show really touched my heart.

  • Ann roberts

    Phenominal production! For some reason the narration was missing from Sunday’s GPB broadcast; we have no idea why. So glad I could watch it on the computer and get the narration. Very unusual story and amazing things I never heard of before. Amazing is our planet earth!

  • David Hart

    The soundtrack’s Zulu? choir — who is that?

    Is this information on the website somewhere?

  • Kitty Mae

    If you like the soundtrack — look up Ladysmith Black Mambazo :)

  • Musharraf Alyami

    wonderful show

  • William Northey

    It was great!



  • Carloby

    I was deeply impressed.
    Can I get the full script?

  • Carole Manges

    I’m looking for a way to buy the music from Drakensberg:Barrier of Spears.
    Thank you so much.

  • Marilyn Wyss

    Loved it. I grew up at the foot of the Drakensberg and it really took me home.

  • Elimar

    Very subtle and powerful nature movie.
    I loved that it didn’t impose any ideas “about” but just narrated mother nature in its workings, thank you!

  • Katherine Bolman

    I would love to add one of the video clips to the art history site I am creatine.
    I am putting “a walk about” the world of art online because art is important to life

  • jj

    I learned so much from this. Thanks.

  • Brenda

    I just love all the episodes that PBS has.

  • Jackie

    Wonderfully done.

  • Mary Qliety

    this brought sorrow to my heart

  • Malik Browder

    This episode is so uplifting and exhilarating, it captured the true heart and essence of what an untamed, unspoiled wilderness is, a paradise. The narrator was fantastic and the background music, along with the scenery of Drakensberg, was just simply profound.

    Thank you,


  • zulu jackson

    The best I have ever seen of mother Africa, thank you and remain blessed.

  • Jenny Schwartz

    We would love so much to have the opportunity to watch these videos in Canada. How and when it will be possible?
    Thank you so much

  • Jez Field

    In the UK the BBC broadcast this episode in a subtly refashioned version on the date of your posting. If you can access the BBC’s iPlayer or otherwise then search for ‘Africas Dragon Mountain’.

  • Ernie Osadchuk

    Can’t view the video. We were only home to see a part of the program last night but wanted to see the rest. ….message says “cannot show due to ‘rights restrictions’”. We are and have been for several years, subscribers in Alberta. What are these restrictions?
    Secondly, Asked for Zip code, here it is called Postal Code and consists of both letters and numbers, could you adjust the question so that both numerals and letters are accepted..

  • Elaine Springer

    Beautiful program. Thank you so much ! I would also be interested in the knowing the origin of the music used in the video. I love it !
    South Africa is one of my favorite countries on the world.

  • francois williams

    South africa is just the most amazing country in the world with regards to geography, wildlife and culture…

  • Ivan

    I’m dessapointed, not even in Puerto Rico, which is a territory of the U.S. and has its own PBS station, I’m allow to watch the program. Same thing, “rights restrictions”.

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  • Zook

    I find it amazing the Elan have no predators preying on them!

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  • Mpho Mogadingoane

    This is show just fills my heart with nostalgia, a long for my homeland, a beautiful place on the face of this planet.

  • Jose Loja

    Amazing place..
    I love Nature, thanks PBS..

  • MWiser

    The Drakensberg is my favorite place on earth, the place my heart calls home. As a young child I spent numerous summers camping and hiking there with family and friends. I enjoyed seeing places in the video that I have actually been to. It has been ten long years since I have seen those beautiful mountains in person. Thanks PBS for this video. I can’t wait for my American-born children to watch it.

  • Diego del Cid

    Great. Thanks PBS

  • SJ

    This is stupid, Won’t let us watch it. :(

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  • Drankesberg

    the soundtrack vocals were done by Zimbabwean vocal group called Insingizi. Check them on http://www.insingizi.net

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